Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh on Friday wrote an open letter to teachers,in an effort to clear misgivings regarding the four-year undergraduate programme.
The letter,which has been put up on the university website,says: I am conscious that there are several issues that have been on your mind in this context… The rumour mills are rife with all sorts of baseless propaganda. Some of our colleagues have allowed their minds to flow freely with misconstrued understanding.
The letter said the university administration has been working with college principals,teachers and heads of departments on the new format. With regard to concerns about teachers appointments and the changes in their workload,the letter said colleges have been asked to initiate the process of appointment of teachers after calculating teaching requirements. The university shall endeavour to convert ad-hoc positions into regular positions through the selection committees by the end of June 2013… There shall not be any contractual appointments at all, the letter said.
The V-C also assured teachers about the likelihood of a significant increase in the teaching workload. While urging teachers to ensure that colleges undertake workload calculation exercise at the earliest,the letter mentioned Dyal Singh College and Bhagat Singh College (Evening),where new teaching positions have been identified. The University shall,wherever required,sanction additional new positions in addition to the already sanctioned (regular + ad hoc) positions, read the V-Cs letter.
The Vice-Chancellors open letter to teachers evoked a mixed response on Friday. Academics for Action and Development said,The V-C,has come out with a comprehensive open letter touching upon all the concerns that needed immediate attention. However,teachers from the Save DU campaign said the V-C was indulging in sentimental and misleading PR exercises to gather support for his agenda of reforms.