The Academic Council of the University of Delhi on Wednesday adopted the New Undergraduate Curriculum Framework (UGCF), 2022, which was formed to adopt the new education policy.
The UGCF is a structure of four-year undergraduate programs in different disciplines with multiple exit options made possible by a credit system.
The draft curriculum framework was released last month and all stakeholders were invited to submit their comments. The Board, at its meeting, adopted the proposal after incorporating some of the reactions and it was adopted with 11 members disagreeing.
Academic Council Member Mithuraaj Dhusiya said, “A very sad day in the history of DU as the total number of credits for four years has been reduced from 196 to 176. This means that we are witnessing a massive reduction in the existing workload. and the consequent displacement of existing ad hoc teachers.
He added that combined with the multiple entry and exit system and the credit system, DU was facing turbulent times.
Meanwhile, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association held a dharna outside the board meeting to urge its members not to adopt the curriculum framework.
DUTA Chairman Ajay Kumar Bhagi said the proposed UGCF project needs to be modified as the workload of teachers will be negatively affected and lead to the ad hoc displacement of teachers.
Mr Bhagi demanded that all existing teachers working in an ad hoc capacity for years be absorbed before deliberations on the framework occur.
DUTA has expressed opposition to the way the university’s academic affairs have been handled. “DU UG courses have undergone too many rapid changes in the name of reforms starting with the introduction of the semester system in 2011 followed by the introduction of the FYUP in 2013 and then its withdrawal to bring back a three-year semester system in 2014 “, said the said DUTA. He added that all this happened without proper consultation among stakeholders and proper preparations leading to the destabilization of academics.