On Monday, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) criticized the DU reopening decision and not providing reasonable time for teachers and colleges to prepare for the college reopening. The University of Delhi on 29th January issued a notification to the DU staff members and instructed them to be present at the colleges with 100% attendance from Monday which the teachers association named as mindless and called for its immediate withdrawal. The University further permitted the return of final year students for practical.
On 1st February, the DU teachers turned up at their respective colleges to look for an appropriate place at colleges from where they could take up their online classes. The internet, however, collapsed in various colleges, and teachers were later found wandering around with their laptops or portable devices to be able to connect their online classes, said Rajib Ray, DUTA president in a statement.
The University of Delhi further permitted the final year students who need to use college laboratories for their practical subjects to return to colleges while propelling staff presence mandatory at colleges.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association claimed that it had suggested to the DU Vice-Chancellor that the DU reopening notification was bound to generate confusion and chaos. No adequate mechanism had been set to ensure smooth conduct of online teaching-learning procedure before issuance of the order. It was then made clear that all teaching had to be administered in online mode, hence, expecting DU teachers to be at home for smooth conduct of classes and in the colleges to mark 100% attendance is ridiculous, it alleged.
The DUTA added that it stands against this mindless DU reopening order issued by Delhi University and demands its withdrawal so that the teaching time is not wasted and classes can be conducted smoothly.