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DU explores double shift in view of reservation

DU is exploring a multi-pronged strategy including double shifts and speedy recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staffs.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 13:43 IST

Faced with the government's decision to implement OBC quota by the next academic session, Delhi University (DU) is exploring a multi-pronged strategy including double shifts and speedy recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staffs.

Observing that there was a need to increase the overall seats by 57 per cent to implement the 27 per cent OBC quota without affecting the general category seats, DU Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental said, "Considering the present situation in terms of infrastructure, availability of faculty members, the scope to increase the seats is only five per cent.

"Therefore, we are now exploring many possibilities like starting double shifts in our colleges and enhancing infrastructure. We have also started the process of recruiting teachers in our university departments and colleges."

The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently sought information as to whether there is scope for increasing seats in the existing facilities, he said.

"We have very marginal scope. In view of the present infrastructure facility, I feel that maximum immediate increase of the seats could be only by five per cent, that means about 2,000 to 2,500 seats can be added to the present capacity of 43,000 seats at the under graduate level," he said.

However, Pental said seats would not be increased in haste. "We have to ensure that quality of education is not degraded. There is a need for a lot of development. Besides, the student-teacher ratio has to be maintained," he said.

He said the DU would make detailed plan soon on various steps to be taken to increase the seats.