DU English teachers worry about loss of workload in 4-year program

They also pointed out that English has been removed as a core language course in BA Program and BCom Program courses.

Earlier this year, more than 400 English teachers also petitioned the Vice Chancellor asking for English to remain in the AEC pool and as a core language course in BA and BCom program courses. (Case)

As the next academic year approaches, English teachers at Delhi University are concerned about the loss of workload with the changes to be made by the structure of the four-year undergraduate program.

The Undergraduate Curriculum Framework (UGCF) approved by the statutory bodies of the university for the implementation of the four-year undergraduate program stipulates that the pool of Capacity Building Courses (AEC) that students can choose during their first four semesters will have languages ​​included in the VIII curriculum. , which does not include English. They said this replaces the current system where English and Hindi/Modern Indian languages ​​are offered as electives to students as AECs.

They also pointed out that English has been removed as a core language course in BA Program and BCom Program courses.

According to Rudrashish Chakraborty, an English teacher at Kirori Mal College and a former academic council member, the result is a one-third reduction in the workload of the English department across all colleges.

“It is the time of the year when courses and workload are calculated in colleges. In my college, there is a loss of 60 courses in the next semester. In Hansraj College, it is 50, in Ramjas College it is around 60. The worst case scenario is in colleges like Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Lady Irwin College and Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, which do not offer either BA (Hons) English or BA Program. Previously, all of their workload came from AEC, which is now gone,” Chakraborty said.

These concerns are reinforced by a circular issued by the Deputy Registrar (Colleges) to all Departments and Colleges which states that the teaching and learning workload for tenured teachers shall be as defined by the UGC Regulations 2018 and that “Any requirement of an Adhoc/Visiting faculty must be accompanied by a timetable, the teaching and learning workload of permanent faculty members, and a certificate that the hours required for the direct teaching learning are adhered to for all permanent faculty members.”

Earlier this year, more than 400 English teachers also petitioned the Vice Chancellor asking for English to remain in the AEC pool and as a core language course in BA and BCom program courses.

“DU college English departments are seeing massive displacement of existing ad-hoc and guest teachers due to the removal of English from the required AEC course. We have raised this issue many times in Academic Council meetings, but the University has yet to take any action to prevent the impending displacement,” said Academic Council member Mithuraaj Dhusiya.

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