In 1991, environmental science subject was made compulsory in schools and colleges but, Delhi University introduced the subject in its curriculum after 23 years i.e. in 2014. Now, students who have completed their environmental science studies from DU are saying that the teachers teaching the subject are not from the stream.
Now, teachers and students have come together and formed a body, All India Environment Science Student Union.
According to the teachers and students not appointing the teachers from the relevant stream is also a violation of the guidelines issued by UGC and soon they will stage a protest against this at the Arts Faculty.
The guidelines of the UGC states that teacher being recruited for the subject must be from the same stream.
According to the union in only 23 colleges of the university, there are teachers who have an MSc, MPhil or a PhD in environmental science/studies.
“Recently, a DU college held an interview for a teacher for environmental studies. Of the three candidates called, two of them were PhD in the subject. But the college declared that none of them were found suitable. This is happening after almost 23 years since the subject was started in DU,” said Sanjay Marale, the president of All India Environment Science Student Union.
“This is going to hamper the future of students (who have taken up the subject). It is high time the university does a course correction. Despite having a department for environment studies, this is the situation in DU,” said Yashpal Singh Narwaria, a PhD in environmental science.