Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti
Irani faced on her recent visit to Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Delhi. She
was invited to inaugurate the newly constructed teaching-learning center in the
As she came to inaugurate the center, she faced
protest against her by the DU teachers. It came as the teachers gathered
outside the university's gate and tried to block Irani's entry into the
college. It was the inauguration of the Guru Angad Dev Teaching Learning Centre
which has been set up under the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on
Teachers and Teaching. This was a HRD Ministry initiative for betterment of
teaching. The teachers were protesting against the newly released UGC norms to determine
their academic performances.
"The new Gazette notification has increased the
workload for assistant professors from 16 hours of direct per week which
includes tutorials as well, to 18 hours, plus another six of tutorials,
bringing the total up to 24 hours. Similarly, the work hours of associate
professors have been increased from 14 to 22 hours", a teacher who was
protesting, said.The teachers have argued that the amendments to UGC
regulations recently , will lead to job-cuts to the approximate of 50 per percent
and will witness exponential decrease in student-teacher ratio in higher
education. The teachers have also abstained from evaluation of undergraduate
examination papers and have boycotted the admission process which is in full
swing these days.
officials detained around 45 teachers for this protest. For more such updates,
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