Lack Of Consensus on Delhi University’s Undergraduate Syllabus Revision

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The DelhiUniversity on Wednesday said it has undertaken the process of revising its undergraduate programmes, a decision that the ¬†teachers association said would mean “greater interference form government”. According to the University, the process has been undertaken in the light of UGC’s Learning Outcome-based Framework (UGC-LOCF).¬†The revised courses are scheduled to be implemented from the forthcoming 2019-20 academic session.

“It is estimated that the revised courses will benefit close to seven lakh undergraduate students who will be seeking admission in 2019; NCWEB, SOL and regular college students will follow the same curriculum,” the University said.

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A meeting between the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) and Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Committee-2019 (UGCRC) was held regarding the same and has bought mixed results. The concern was that there was no consensus around the learning or time-frame of implementation of new syllabus.

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DUTA said it has learned that Vice chancellorhas “decided to abandon any credible academic application of mind and impose the LOCF that seems to be thoughtlessly derived from a controversial and widely criticised outcome-based model prevalent in state-funded US universities.”

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The LOCF will invite greater interference from governments that will be tempted to dictate acceptable ‘outcomes’ for universities, the DUTA said.

“Outcomes-measurement is a huge private industry in US which swallows a significant amount of US educationbudgets. It will force universities to offer market oriented self-financing courses. The UGC LOCF document also shows a total disregard for the inclusive character and unique priorities of public-funded universities,” it added.

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