DUTA opposes VC's Meta varsity meeting

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association has opposed the vice chancellor’s announcement of a “special meeting on emergency basis” on July 21 and 22 on proposals and syllabus for the proposed Meta University course in Masters in Mathematics and the four-year BTech in Humanities.

Rushing into reforms

DUTA members expressed apprehensions towards the VC’s decision of making academic reforms in a “hurried manner”.

“This is a natural process as academic changes are part of an institution’s growth, but these matters cannot be treated as emergent issues,” said DUTA member Abha Dev Habib.

Members alleged that changing the education pattern for a few students will redefine the teaching-learning pattern, which is a big shift in itself.  “The teaching fraternity should not be kept away from such decisions at any cost,” added Habib.

Dancing to govt’s tunes

“The VC’s attempt to muscle them (academic changes) in through emergency meetings shows scant regard for academic quality,” said a DUTA statement. 

The statement added, “This was blind inclination to dance to the tunes of a government that wants to hastily hand higher education over to private players through credit-based transfer system and smuggle in the discredited accreditation system and agencies through the backdoor,” DUTA members say the issue of a five-point agenda for an emergency meeting at “the eleventh hour is illegal and unheard of” as such meetings are based on a single agenda.

Members have decided to hold a meeting on July 18 to discuss issues related to the VC’s proposed meeting.

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