Delhi college wants students’ feedback on classes, teachers wary

  • Heena Kausar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2016 13:54 IST
Teachers fear the feedback collected from students can be used by the college to victimize them. However, the college says the scheme is only to make sure academic atmosphere improves. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)

A Delhi University college has decided to take feedback from students on the performance of teachers in classrooms - a move aimed at improving academic performance.

Dyal Singh College has formed a committee to prepare a method of taking feedback after the governing body (GB) of the college decided to initiate the process of collecting feedback.

“The GB decided to constitute a committee to draft a proforma to collect feedback from students about conduct of classes, tutorials, and practicals,” principal I S Bakshi told HT.

The committee includes the principal, three members from the GB, and a teacher representative to work on the initiative.

However, teachers have criticized the move and pointed out that the recent UGC regulation, which was opposed by teachers and later rolled back, also had the provision of student feedback linked to promotion of teachers.

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“I am not opposed to taking feedback but this move is flawed. It could be affected by caste, gender, class and other factors. It can initiate a trade off between student and teachers. Also, feedback should be handled by an independent person as the college authorities can use it against dissenting teachers,” said Naveen Gaur, who teaches physics at the college.

Another teacher said, “Students can blackmail teachers for not being lenient with attendance and marking by giving us negative feedback. The staff association is going to take up the matter in its meeting”.

Meanwhile, Bakshi said that the GB has decided to take feedback from students without their names. The only motive of the scheme is to improve the academic atmosphere of the college and not to victimize anyone, he said.

“The issue was discussed in the GB meeting and it was felt that there is a need to improve academic performance. The feedback would be confidential,” he said.

He said that GB also felt that the faculty members must do justice to their assigned duties and hold classes regularly and as per timetable assigned to them.

“It was desired that all faculty members should partner in collective endeavour of improving academic performance of the students,” the notice said.

Other decision taken by the GB is to seek clarification from teachers, who are not able to follow the timetable, and in such cases where a sizeable percentage, more than 50% of students for example, remain absent in classes.

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