More than 450 teachers write to DUTA president urging him to intervene to restore English department workload

Over 450 Delhi University English teachers have written to AK Bhagi, president of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), urging him to intervene and restore the workload of the English faculty, which they believe will suffer “unprecedented” loss due to the implementation of the Undergraduate Curriculum Framework (UGCF).

The UGCF has singled out the English faculty for a massive cut, almost within a third of the existing workload, the teachers alleged in the letter to DUTA. In the letter, the teachers listed their several concerns about the UGCF, including the lack of English option in AEC courses and the removal of core English courses from BA/B.Com programmes. In February, the Delhi University Executive Council approved the UGCF-2022, formulated in line with the National Education Policy.

Bhagi said that DUTA has already taken up the matter and taken steps to ensure that no teacher can be removed or transferred in the name of load shedding due to FYUP. However, he claimed that a group of teachers led by an executive member of DUTA had emailed him the letter without discussing the matter with him. He also accused the group of choosing to start a signature campaign instead of helping to resolve the issue.

“We note with concern that the proposed UGCF structures single out the English department in particular for a massive cut, almost within a third of the existing workload. This will lead to loss of livelihood for the hundreds of ad hoc teachers teaching for years in the English departments of Delhi University,” the letter said.

“With the removal of English as an option in the AEC, English departments across the university are seeking a drastic reduction in workload. Colleges like Kirori Mal and Ramjas have lost over 60 lectures while Hansraj, Shaheed Bhagat Singh (M) and others have lost more than 50 lectures next semester. This decision therefore threatens the livelihood of all ad hoc faculty working in English departments across the university,” the letter said.

The teachers further noted that the UGCF structure of the BA/B.Com programs has done away with the core English papers offered in the first four semesters of the existing CBCS courses. The teachers also informed that the proposed structure of the UGCF does not take into account that students study English till Class XII as a compulsory language across the country as opposed to the option of any other language in their Class XII examination.

With information from PTI.

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