New Delhi: The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) took a swipe at the varsity for not allowing “adequate time for preparation” on Day One of the limited reopening of colleges.
The university had issued a notification on January 29 to the staff and instructed them to “attend to their workplace” from Monday. The teachers’ association termed this as “mindless” and asked for its “immediate withdrawal”.
The varsity also announced that it will allow final-year students for practical classes at all of its colleges, reported news agency PTI.
“Today, teachers turned up at the workplace to find that they had to struggle to find an appropriate space from where they could teach. The internet collapsed in many colleges and teachers were found roaming around with their portable devices or laptops to be able to meet their online classes,” DUTA president Rajib Ray accused the varsity via a statement.
The final-year students, who need college facilities for practical classes, were allowed to return to the campus. The staff’s presence was made mandatory from Monday.
The teachers’ association claimed to have pointed it out to the vice-chancellor that the order “was bound to create chaos and confusion”.
“No proper mechanism had been put in place to ensure no disruption to the teaching learning process before issuance of the order. It was clear that all teaching had to be conducted in the digital mode, hence, expecting teachers to be at home to take classes and in the college to mark their attendance was ridiculous,” DUTA alleged.
“The DUTA takes strong exception to this mindless order and demands its immediate withdrawal so that precious teaching time is not wasted and classes remain unmet,” the association added.