Five days before classes for the undergraduate programmes commence in Delhi University, the university administration has issued guidelines to colleges to restructure the “erstwhile” four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
Maintaining that the classes will begin on time — on July 21 — the letter issued by DU’s Dean of Colleges has directed colleges to calculate workload, set up time-tables and appoint teachers on the basis of the revised curriculum. When the controversy over FYUP erupted in the university last week leading to the eventual rollback of the course, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had constituted a Standing Committee to restructure the course and switch to the three-year format. On the basis of the recommendations of the committee, DU had constituted a Committee of Principals to advise on the transition.
“In view of the recommendations of this committee, the heads of all the departments were requested to convene meetings of their respective Committee of Courses and recommend the order of papers to be followed in semesters III to VI. Accordingly, course-wise and semester-wise papers in the main subjects and allied subjects for semesters III and IV are indicated, by way of advance notice, in the annexed tables (Annexure-I & Annexure-II) in order to enable you to calculate workload, frame timetable, and to appoint teachers, if required, etc. Kindly note that a few departments are yet to submit details and these will be conveyed to you later,” the letter stated.
Meanwhile, president of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), Nandita Narain, criticised the manner in which DU was restructuring the course.
“The Vice-Chancellor has not called a meeting of the Academic Council despite the fact that 12 members had requisitioned a meeting on July 5 on the issue of restructuring courses for the 2013 batch. By delaying and not following proper procedure, the V-C wants to deliberately engineer crisis and chaos,” Narain said.
Alleging that another set of “irregularities” was being committed by the university, Narain said, “Instead of respecting the recommendations of the CoCs…, the DU administration has intervened to include pre-FYUP papers. The UGC Standing Committee had not recommended any restrictions in the choice of papers. Now just a few days remain before the University opens and the university has still not announced a schedule for meetings of faculties, the Academic Council and Executive Council.”
One section of the university, on the other hand, pointed out that there was hardly any time left to constitute new courses. “The classes are supposed to start on July 21. Where is the time to constitute new courses?” a principal said.
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