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Rift in DUTA over 4-year course widens

A day after several faculty and department heads issued a statement in support of Delhi University’s four-year undergraduate programme,the rift in the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on the issue of the new course seems to have grown wider.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2013 1:58:22 am

A day after several faculty and department heads issued a statement in support of Delhi University’s four-year undergraduate programme,the rift in the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on the issue of the new course seems to have grown wider.

A section of DUTA teachers voiced their concerns about the manner in which teachers with “Left leanings” have been opposing the four-year undergraduate programme,instead of addressing other core problems faced by teachers.

“In opposing the academic reforms,the left is holding the entire teaching community to ransom. We cannot afford to oppose academic reforms — used as deflective tactics by the Left-affiliated teacher activists — which have been duly approved by statutory bodies of Delhi University,” a statement issued by some DUTA members said. The signatories to the statement included those associated with the university’s Executive and Academic councils — Aditya Narayan Mishra,Suman Sharma and SD Siddiqui,among others.

The statement also said the Left-leaning teachers,protesting against the four-year format,were getting “derailed” from other important issues. “Despite being highly qualified,there are at least 4,000 teachers who have been working on an ad-hoc or temporary basis for many years. We need to address their issues immediately,” former DUTA President Aditya Narayan Mishra said.

Pointing to the conditions of ad-hoc teachers,Mishra said,“Unfortunately,the Left-affiliated teacher activists have been trying to deflect these core issues,thus jeopardising the career prospects of around 4,000 teachers. The recent communication by the Delhi University,dated April 16,2013,to various colleges regarding permanent appointment of teachers by the end of June,2013,should be honoured by all.”

Meanwhile,the campaign “against DU’s attempted shift to the four-year undergraduate structure” reached Connaught Place on Friday.

Reacting to a letter written by academicians supporting the four-year programme,‘Save DU’ campaigners said,“The letter reveals ignorance about the ground-reality in colleges and,further,maintains a dishonest silence about the thoughtless manner in which rigorous disciplines like science and humanities are being given short-shrift through curtailment of tutorials,practical classes and optional paper.”

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