As it happened: DU teachers protest as Smriti Irani visits Khalsa College

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani was visiting Delhi University’s Khalsa College to inaugurate a Teaching Learning Centre, but her visit was thoroughly protested by DU teachers. After the protest, 45 of them were also detained by the police. An initiative by the HRD Ministry, the teaching learning centre which is known as the Guru Angad Dev Teaching Learning Centre has been set up at Khalsa College.

The teachers of the Delhi University have been protesting against the new norms of UGC to ascertain their academic performance. As a result of which, they gathered outside the college and tried to block Smriti Irani’s way.

All the teachers have refused evaluation of the undergraduate examination papers and have also tried to stay away from the admission process. The teachers have put forth a set of arguments according to which they feel that the changes that have been made in the UGC regulations will lead to around 50 percent job cuts. Not only this, this is also going to affect the relation between a teacher and a student at the same time.

Going by the new notification, the workload has increased on the teachers from direct teaching of 16 hours to 18 hours per week now. Besides that, six hours of tutorials have also been added which is adding to the workload. This has increased the total working hours up to 24 hours. At the same time, the workload of Associate Professors has also been increased from 14 to 22 hours which is also making things difficult for them.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani said at the college that a national level competition will soon be conducted by CBSE to create awareness among its students on Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. She further added that today’s generation is tech-savvy and this centre will help them a lot. Apparently, the visit was delayed by an hour because of the protest.

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