Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh has called a meeting on August 14 to address concerns of teachers who have been complaining about the content of foundation courses.
The university has sent a letter to all heads of departments in colleges, asking all teachers to come and discuss the problems with Singh.
Foundation courses were introduced as part of the academic reforms in the university this year making the undergraduate honours course four years.
Eleven foundation courses — in mathematics, English, Hindi, science, management, etc — were introduced to give students better grounding in all fields.
A number of teachers have complained that the course is too elementary and that the students are in no mood to study things they studied in school.
“Students laugh at us when we ask them to do the assignments mentioned in course books. They think we are joking. The students are required to write a dialogue between two people and other such assignments. These are things they did in class 8 and 9,” said a teacher who teaches the English foundation course in a north campus college.
“My daughter studies in class 8 and she is studying the same things that are being taught in the science and life foundation course. I think we seriously need to look at the content of the courses” said another.
A number of teachers wondered if the meeting would bear fruit.
“It seems the V-C has called all the teachers who attended the orientation for teaching foundation courses. This means there will be 1,250 teachers at the meeting. Who will be heard and what discussion will take place when so many teachers meet him at the same time? This is just eyewash,” said a teacher of a south campus college.