Lack Of Consensus on Delhi University's Undergraduate Syllabus Revision

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.

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.

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.”

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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