450 DU English Teachers Petition Over Loss of Workload in Four-Year UG Program

Nearly 450 English teachers from the University of Delhi have sent a petition to the president of the DU Teachers’ Association expressing their concerns about the loss of workload under the new four-year undergraduate program. years which will be launched this year and asking him “to intervene urgently”.

They said there would be an “unprecedented loss” of workload in the Undergraduate Curriculum (UGCF) to be implemented from the 2022-2023 academic year.

“We note with concern that the proposed UGCF structures single out the English Department in particular for a massive reduction, almost in the order of a third of its existing workload. This will result in a loss of livelihood for the hundreds of ad hoc teachers who have been teaching for years in the university’s English departments,” the teachers said.

“The structure of UGCF indicates that AECs (Capacity Enhancement Courses) are only offered in the languages ​​included in Annex VIII and this does not include English. This replaces the existing CBCS structure where English and Hindi/MIL are both offered as options to AECC students: allowing students to exercise their language choice based on their proficiency. In addition, the AECC course had four lectures, which constituted a considerable workload for the English department of each college. With the removal of English as an option at the AEC, the University’s English departments are considering a drastic reduction in workload. Colleges like Kirori Mal and Ramjas have lost over 60 courses while Hansraj, Shaheed Bhagat Singh (M) and others will lose over 50 courses next semester,” they said.

Teachers also said the removal of core English courses from BA/BCom programs in the first four semesters of existing CBCS courses added insult to injury.

“Furthermore, the compulsory English language courses which are offered at three levels, namely A, B and C, depending on their proficiency level, are now removed from UGCF, thereby irreparably reducing the workload of the Department of English. In each section of the BA and BCom program, a minimum of 30 courses are lost (five courses each of
English A, B and C over two courses): the loss is multiplied in each section,” they wrote.

“The most devastating impact of the abolition of compulsory English courses on workload has been felt at colleges that do not offer specialization courses or programs in English. Colleges like Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Lady Irwin College, Institute of Home Economics, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied sciences and Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women are facing a situation where permanent teachers do not have enough work for themselves. One can easily imagine the situation of the ad hoc teachers of these colleges, many of whom have already been told by their directors that their services will not be required next semester for lack of
workload,” they said.

The teachers said that according to DU statutes, students belonging to the North East, Jammu and Kashmir and foreign nationals were “exempted from studying Hindi/MIL and always had English in option”, but that this option was now refused. to students and “violates an established and longstanding enabling provision of the University in favor of students from diverse backgrounds”.

DUTA Chairman AK Bhagi said he was aware of the matter and would ensure there was no reduction in the
teacher workload and no ad-hoc is affected. “We have also asked the colleges to tell us the quantum of reduction they expect by calculating the exact workload…In the value-added course, we have asked the HoD to do a two-credit paper that can be covered at instead of the AEC. . We will then raise the issue with the department and university authorities,” he said.