Over 400 DU teachers write to VC urging restoration of English department workload

More than 400 Delhi University English professors have written to the university’s Vice Chancellor, Yogesh Singh, urging him to restore their department’s workload. The teachers are convinced that the implementation of the undergraduate program framework from the next academic session 2022-2023 will lead to a “massive reduction in the workload of the department”, resulting in a loss of livelihood. Teachers also noted that the interim UGCF framework points to the English department for a massive reduction of around 30-40% of the already existing workload.

ACADEMIC GRADE TO DILUTE.

In the letter to the VC, signed by 403 teachers from Delhi University’s colleges, “This will not only result in a dilution of academic quality but also a loss of livelihood for the hundreds of Adhoc teachers teaching for years in English departments.

The letter adds that the structure of the UGCF stipulates that Capacity Building Courses (AECs) are only offered in the languages ​​included in Annex VIII, which does not include English.

REALITY OF SCHOOL EDUCATION NOT TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT

The letter further said: “The removal of English as an option in the AEC will significantly reduce the workload of each DU English department, thus threatening the livelihoods of all ad hoc teachers working in colleges.”

The DU teacher further argued that the proposed structure of the UGCF does not take into account the reality of school education, which is that English is studied by students as a compulsory language until class. 12 across the country instead of any other language option. for their review.

LEGAL DISPOSITIONS

The letter further stated that students from overseas, North East region and Jammu and Kashmir are exempted from studying Hindi/MIL and still received English as an option as per statutes from the University of Delhi.

“This statutory provision has been confirmed and reiterated by the university in every academic reform undertaken by the university since 2005: whether in the semester system of 2010-11, FYUP of 2013 or the CBCS 2015,” he said. he adds.

The letter goes on to state, “UGCF’s proposed structure denies students the aforementioned option and violates an established provision and longstanding enabling provision of the University in favor of students from diverse backgrounds.”

AEC COURSES WELCOME

The letter adds that while AEC courses taught in Indian languages ​​are welcome, the removal of English as an AEC course amounts to a denial of choice for students based on their proficiency level, according to the letter.

“It is ironic that while the NEP claims to offer unlimited choice to students, the proposed structure of UGCF denies the same choice to students by not allowing them the option of English as an AEC course,” reads- we later in the letter.

DOING ENGLISH BOTH THE AEC AND THE CORE LANGUAGE COURSE

The teachers requested that the VC maintain English as an AEC course as well as a core language course in BA and B.Com program courses.

The letter further stated: “This will protect the existing workload of English departments, while crucially safeguarding the livelihoods of hundreds of ad hoc teachers working in the university’s English departments, battling presently against the pressures of uncertainty that these changes portend.”

It should be noted that the UGCF has already been validated by the academic and executive councils of the university.

(With PTI inputs)

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