Several ad-hoc English teachers fear losing their jobs on DU’s four-year UG program

At Delhi University colleges without an honors program in English, ad hoc English teachers fear that there is little room left for them to retain their positions with the impending changes under the structure of the undergraduate program of four years.

DU’s English department has appealed against the workload changes as several courses are no longer offered, under the undergraduate curriculum (UGCF) approved by the university’s statutory bodies for implementation. implementation of the four-year undergraduate program.

While teachers felt this would lead to a drastic reduction in workload at colleges, fears are heightened at some colleges.

Keshav Mahavidyalaya is one of the colleges that does not offer the BA (Honours) English program but has one permanent English teacher and two ad-hoc English teachers.

Archit Nanda, one of the college’s ad hoc English teachers, said: “Under the current system, all students at the university had to choose between English and Hindi for a compulsory English course. improvement of abilities (AECC) and 85% of students used to choose English. This is now an optional course and English is not one of the languages ​​that students can choose. Since our college is primarily a business and science college, all of the workload for English teachers comes from AECC and generic elective courses. Technically, our work will be completely decimated if this change is implemented. »

He said that within the college they are trying to find a way to keep the workload stable by introducing more generic elective courses: “This change will cause a complete bloodbath in the English department of DU colleges , leading to a loss of at least 20 to 30% of jobs in the department.

In another college of this type, there are only two English teachers. “The hard truth is that if there is no intervention to try to introduce other newspapers, there will not be enough work to justify keeping even one of between us. All the work was on behalf of the AECC,” said an ad hoc teacher at the college.

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An ad hoc English teacher who has worked at UD for more than 10 years said there have been fluctuations in workload in the past when the university changed its course structure and it adapted to it by finding a post in another college. “But with the drastic reduction in workload across all colleges, after losing a position at one college, it is unlikely that a position will be available at another college. If this continues, even permanent teachers will not have a sufficient workload,” the teacher said.

UGCF states that the pool of Capacity Building Courses (AECs) that students can choose from in their first four semesters will have languages ​​included in Curriculum VIII, which does not include English. In petitions, English teachers have 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.