Delhi University is dealing with workload fluctuation under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), but for language teachers, especially Hindi, the situation may get worse. DU, which had a two-language formula earlier, has now asked students to choose between a Modern Indian Language (MIL), which includes Hindi, and English as part of the Ability Enhancement Course (AEC).
“There are various issues we are facing but the major problem is that there is now a choice between English and Hindi, which did not exist earlier. In today’s environment, most students would prefer to opt for English which will drastically reduce our workload,” said Pradeep Singh, Hindi teacher from B R Ambedkar College.
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Earlier under the three-year system, students were supposed to study both English and Hindi, but under CBCS they will study AEC in the first four semesters. According to the UGC structure, AECs have two subjects — Environmental Science and MIL/English. Some colleges have interpreted this to mean that students will have to study two semesters of Environmental Science and two semesters of MIL/English alternately. Even these classes have apparently been reduced from four per week to two per week.
Dyal Singh College (DSC) is one such college which has given no option of Environmental Science as an AEC to first-semester students. This means that the second semester would be dedicated to the subject. Teachers claim, such a system would mean that there will be reduced workload for language teachers in two of the four semesters.
“Two of the four semesters without languages would mean drastic workload cut. Moreover, there are colleges where there is no Hindi (Hons). In such colleges, the situation will be doubly difficult because their workload was determined by the subsidiary papers,” said DSC Hindi teacher Rajeev Kunwar.
The workload cut has ad hoc teachers worried as their employment stands to be terminated. “Many of us are worried. No workload has been calculated and timetables haven’t been made. But the general sense is that workload for language courses especially will greatly reduce. What kind of nationalist government is this, which screams about promoting indigenous languages, but then treats Hindi this way?” said an Ad Hoc teacher from an off-campus college.
Principal of SGTB Khalsa College Jaswinder Singh — who is also a member of the newly formed CBCS Oversight Committee — has claimed, however, that there is no such workload problem.