Over 400 English teachers had urged DU VC to restore the workload of their department, which they fear will be "massively reduced" due to the implementation of UGCF.

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Yogesh Singh, vice chancellor of Delhi University, refuted the notion that the Undergraduate Curriculum Framework would reduce teachers’ workloads and claimed that the argument was being “politicized.” The UGCF, developed under the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, will be implemented beginning with the 2022–2023 academic year.

There would be a significant reduction in the workload of roughly 30 to 40 per cent, according to teachers, notably those from the English department. “We should be grateful for the reforms the government has implemented. There won’t be any teacher replacements, “In an interview with PTI earlier this week, he said.

“It is simple to politicise problems. What methods would be used to lessen the effort when the three-year course is completed in four years? “He queried. According to Singh, the workload will be determined based on a four-year curriculum rather than a single year. The VC said, “No teacher will be fired, according to a resolution passed by the Executive Council. The four-year undergraduate programme will serve as the foundation for any administrative decisions “. With the adoption of the undergraduate curriculum framework beginning with the 2022–23 academic session, over 400 English instructors at Delhi University (DU) have lately requested the vice chancellor to increase the workload in their department, which they believe may result in job losses.

The Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC) are only offered in the languages featured in the VIII Schedule and do not include English, according to the teachers’ letter, which would reduce workload.

“The English language instructors will be here. English will play a significant role in the skill courses that will be offered. These courses will include English communication skills, conversation, and creative writing. The department’s teachers will also offer value-added English courses in addition to those mentioned above “said he. Who will consider lightening the load, the VC questioned. Singh also addressed the issue of the Multiple Entry and Exit Scheme (MEES), which has been the subject of claims by some teachers that it will lead to a rise in dropout rates, particularly among women. “Why will a student depart if you deliver your lessons effectively? The problem has been politicised in this way “added he.

“Instead, it will promote women’s empowerment. It has been observed that women are compelled to drop out of graduating in the first or second year due to certain situations. Now they will have the chance to graduate with a certificate, get employment, and even continue their study whenever they desire at DU or another university in the nation “VC stated.

Mayank Tewari


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