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DU teachers protest against new format,mark petition to PM

As Delhi University prepares itself for the introduction of the four-year undergraduate programme,a section of teachers and students primarily from left-wing parties have been speaking about the problems with the new format.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
April 15, 2013 12:49:36 am

As Delhi University prepares itself for the introduction of the four-year undergraduate programme,a section of teachers and students primarily from left-wing parties have been speaking about the problems with the new format.

An online petition to the Prime Minister,urging him to intervene in the issue and stop th e implementation of the four-year course received around 370 signatures. “The decision to hurriedly push the four-year undergraduate course in Delhi University from July 2013 is going to adversely affect the careers of lakhs of students,” the petition read.

Amid protests from their teachers,most departments in the university have gone ahead with the making of the four-year curriculum. Some departments,such as History,held meetings on the issue. But teachers opposed to the four-year structure said most department heads declined their requests for a general body meeting on the matter.

English teachers of the university held a meeting in February,where they presented a critique of the new course. The resolution passed in this meeting said: “The unacademic and anti-student structure of the proposed four-year undergraduate programme… is not in consonance with the national education policy of 10+2+3… The one year added to undergraduate study will put an additional strain on the limited infrastructure in colleges — both in terms of classroom space and teaching faculty.”

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