Teachers in Delhi University colleges are beginning to lock horns over a new issue now. With the university administration demanding details of workload division and seat redistribution according to the new four-year baccalaureate degree programme, teachers are expressing inability to do so and have asked for clearer instructions.
The colleges are asking teachers to volunteer to teach the new foundation courses that will be introduced this year.
"With the university putting the responsibility of redistributing seats and workload on the colleges, the staff rooms have become like a war zone with each department asking for more seats and more workload. There are no clear guidelines on tutorials and practical classes either," said a teacher of a north campus college, on condition of anonymity.
The university, however, has stated in a document that tutorials and practical classes will continue where applicable. The university has asked principals to make sure that the workload for foundation courses, cultural activities, and courses such as Integrating Mind, Body and Heart be factored in.
Some officials have also suggested that the seats of BA, B Com and BSc programme be distributed equally between the departments that were teaching those courses under the three-year degree system.
The workload and redistribution information is to be sent to the university by Friday.
In the first two years, all students will study a total of 11 foundation courses. The students will be divided into two groups. While one group will study a particular set of subjects, the other group will study the other subjects. In the second semester, the subjects will be flipped.
Workload has been the topic of an acrimonious debate in the university, ever since the four-year degree programme was introduced with a teachers' group insisting that the workload will go down and teachers' positions will become contractual.