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CBCS adding to distress in Delhi University, says DUTA

Hundreds of students
and teachers under the banner of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA)
held a protest meeting at Jantar Mantar to remind the MHRD of the deteriorating
situation at Delhi University. While the issues of students and teachers
continue to pile up and inflict daily harassment on them, another round of
“reform”, the Choice Based Credit System, is being bulldozed.

DUTA says, “The CBCS is being implemented at Delhi
University with even less preparedness than the discredited FYUP. The DU
administration disallowed any discussion in the Academic Council and the
Executive Council on an issue which is going to impact the lives of over 60,000
students.”

The only argument given by the administration in the AC and
the EC meetings of 21 January and 28 May 2015 was that this has to be put in
place from session 2015-16 as the UGC and the MHRD have directed universities
to do so.

The body has alleged that lakhs of students are applying for
admissions to Delhi University, but there is no clarity about courses, syllabi
and examination scheme! While the AC and the EC amidst dissents were forced to
adopt a one line resolution regarding implementation of CBCS from the year
2015-16, the statutory bodies till date have not debated on the course
structure and syllabi. Our recent experience with rushed and top-down
“reforms”, be it semester system at the undergraduate level or FYUP, is that
they have damaged teaching-learning processes and the worst victims of these
experiments have been students.

DUTA’s protest
programme was supported by AISA, AISF, AIDSO, PACHHAS, KYS, NEFIS, and SFI.

After the dharna, the DUTA Office bearers met the newly appointed
MHRD Secretary, Vinay Sheel Oberoi and submitted its memorandum on CBCS and
other pending issues in the University. The DUTA delegation explained the
problems of CBCS in detail to the Secretary and demanded that its
implementation should be stopped, otherwise it would destroy the careers of
lakhs of students across the country.

The DUTA has also
written to the Visitor reminding him about the action pending against the DU VC
even after he has been issued a show-cause by the MHRD. A copy of the letter
was also submitted to the Minister, HRD. The DUTA has reminded the Visitor of
the distress in which the Vice Chancellor has pushed Delhi University through
his misgovernance. The DUTA has apprised the Visitor of the various issues of
teachers including denial of pension and promotions, violation of reservation
policy, selection committees in variance with the UGC regulations and demanded
to know why the VC being allowed to continue to inflict destruction on the
University.

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