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DU convocation: President Kovind and Javadekar stress on filling vacant faculty positions

Javadekar said that having permanent teachers and principals was the “right of children”

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President Ram Nath Kovind at the 94th annual convocation ceremony at Delhi University, Saturday. Amit Mehra

Addressing the long-term demand for recruitment of teachers in Delhi University, President Ram Nath Kovind and Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) Prakash Javadekar asked the varsity to work towards filling vacant positions. Speaking at the university’s 94th annual convocation on Saturday, Kovind said, “With the increase in both its student population and the courses on offer, the University of Delhi needs to enhance its capacities. I am told there are certain vacancies at the level of college principals and senior faculty. I am confident that university authorities and college managements are taking all steps to fill these positions at the earliest, and this is what has been confirmed by the Vice-Chancellor.”

Javadekar added that having permanent teachers and principals was the “right of children”. DU V-C Yogesh Tyagi said the university is working to fill up vacant posts of both teaching and non-teaching staff. Among the 1,25,000 students who were awarded degrees this year, 672 students and 171 medal and prize winners attended the ceremony.

Lauding the fact that 112 medals were won by women, the President said, “I understand that 112 of the medal and prize winners are girls — almost a two-third majority. This is in keeping with the trend in education in recent times, with girls consistently outscoring boys.” He also spoke on the need for the university to innovate both in terms of academic content and mechanism of delivery.

“Traditional barriers between fields that were once regarded as sacrosanct are breaking down. New courses and programmes will have to be devised if our education system is to answer the needs of the next 25-30 years. Some of these may call for adopting a multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary approach. The capacity of physical classrooms is obviously limited. We need to explore how we can use technology to take scholarship and education further,” he said.

He also asked the university to explore the possibility of taking advantage of platforms like Massive Open Online Courses. Tyagi said the university will soon open new law centres at Dwarka and North Campus, and will also build hostels to provide accommodation.