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DU executive council approves 4-year undergraduate courses

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New Delhi, Sep 1: Delhi University’s most important decision making body ‘Executive Council’, during its meeting on Tuesday, gave its nod to the four-year undergraduate course. However, some members of the Council also registered their protest during the meeting. The 4-year undergraduate course has been approved by a majority.

The Executive Council has approved a number of reforms under the National Policy on Education (NEP), including a four-year undergraduate program (FYUP). The Ministry of Education said that this course is different from the 4-year graduation course introduced last time in 2013. This time many central universities will be allowed to run their regular 3-year graduation programs. Under the new system, setting up digital infrastructure support for colleges and departments of Delhi University has also been proposed.

Executive Council member Ashok Aggarwal, who was present in the meeting, said that he has lodged his protest on FYUP. Apart from this, many other members have also registered their protest against the implementation of the new education policy. According to Ashok Aggarwal, despite his opposition, the majority was in favour of FYUP, due to which it was approved on Tuesday night.

There is a proposal to open two colleges under Delhi University. It is being considered to name one of them after Savarkar. This matter was also placed before the Council during the meeting.

Professor Naveen Gaur, a member of the Academic Council of Delhi University, told IANS that many names have been discussed in the Academic Council meeting. The names of V.D. Savarkar, Sardar Patel, Sushma Swaraj, Swami Vivekananda, Savitribai Phule and the first Chief Minister of Delhi, Chaudhary Brahm Prakash have also been discussed. The names of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Arun Jaitley were also included in the discussion.

Aggarwal told IANS that during the meeting, we have proposed to open new colleges in Delhi University in the name of personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Amartya Sen. At present, these names have also been included in the proposal for consideration.

Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Professor P.C. Joshi said that the names of Savarkar, Swami Vivekananda, Sushma Swaraj and Sardar Patel have been proposed on the basis of their contribution to society.

Registering his protest, DUTA President Rajib Ray said that fixing the academic year 2022-23 as the year of implementation of NEP is baseless as NEP 2020 requires detailed discussion and extensive consultation among all stakeholders first. Only then can we determine whether NEP 2020 will be viable or not.

According to the DUTA chairman, the FYUP structure with Multi-Entry and Exit System (MEES) will increase the expenditure for the undergraduate programme. Students leaving the system with fewer years of study will always be treated as dropouts by the job market. MEES will only increase the attrition rate by giving the false meaning of degree. The relevance of such awards on a student’s job prospects is unclear. It is an extremely poorly designed structure which if implemented can actually harm the career progress of future generations.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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