The Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) began three new programs – BA (Honours) [H] Hindi, BSc (H) Computer Science and BSc (H) Mathematics within the present tutorial session and admitted 75 students.
Of the 75 students, 32 have been enrolled in BA (H) Hindi, 23 in BSc (H) Computer Science and the remaining 20 in Mathematics.
DCAC principal Anuradha Gupta, in an e mail to the UGC on September 7, sought permission to start out the three new programs. However, the college went forward with the admission course of even earlier than receiving any reply from the UGC.
In truth, Gupta’s predecessor Rajiv Chopra had additionally requested the UGC lengthy again on May 24, 2017 to grant funds and sanction posts for the introduction of these three programs in DCAC.
In its reply in August 2018, the UGC had declined to bear the extra prices. It stated the college may provide the three new programs authorised by University of Delhi inside its current sanctioned power of each educating and non-educating employees.
“The UGC will not bear any additional financial liability for the said courses,” the UGC stated in its reply.
The identical sequence of occasions has been repeated this yr additionally. The solely distinction is that Chopra didn’t begin the three programs within the absence of permission from the UGC, however his successor went forward with the plan.
Objecting to the whimsical method by which the admissions befell this yr, Srikant Pandey, an affiliate professor of Political Science in DCAC, filed a grievance with the UGC alleging that the college administration had illegally diverted some posts so as to begin the three new programs.
In an e mail to the UGC chairman on October 9, Pandey, as one of the stakeholders of DCAC, sought to attract the eye of the funding company in direction of the alleged irregularities.
He stated DCAC had 34 sanctioned posts of assistant professors beneath the OBC growth scheme to revive the instructor-taught ratio. The first tranche of funds from the UGC had already been distributed among the many current departments.
“However, the second tranche has been utilised to open new courses which has completely diluted the purpose of restoring the teacher-taught ratio as per the norms stipulated by the (Delhi) University/ UGC,” Pandey stated.
He charged that as a result of DCAC administration’s determination, not solely the instructor-taught ratio had turn out to be a casualty but additionally the present departments had began affected by scarcity of academics.
“In the light of the above mentioned objective facts, I would request your good office to look into the matter and take necessary action so that the stated policy of affirmative action does not suffer due to irrational and illegal decisions of the persons concerned,” Pandey wrote in his grievance to the UGC.
In reply to the letters, each by the DCAC principal and the affiliate professor, the UGC expressed its incapacity to provide its nod to the DCAC to start out the three new programs.
In a letter dated November 11, UGC’s schooling officer Shalini stated, “I am directed to inform you that the second tranche has been sanctioned to the college to meet out the teaching workload due to increase of students intake for implementation of OBC expansion scheme in the existing courses.
“Therefore, these posts should not be considered for starting new courses. Hence, UGC regrets its inability to approve the proposal of the college for starting of new courses with the posts sanctioned under the second tranche of OBC expansion scheme.”
Despite hostile feedback from the UGC, the DCAC principal is defending herself. Talking to the timesofindia.com, Gupta stated, “I cannot comment because I have not received the letter as yet.”
Asked what can be her response after this letter reached her, she stated, “These courses were approved by DU. An undertaking was given by my predecessor that those courses which have been approved by DU will be started in DCAC.”
Secondly, she stated, DCAC wouldn’t utilise the UGC fund for operating the three new programs.
Defending her determination to launch the programs, Gupta emphatically stated, “We started the three courses only after DU approved them. We cannot start a new course without DU’s permission. You can check the DU portal. We followed its guidelines.”
Meanwhile, the controversy appears to have put at grave threat the profession of the 75 students of these three programs. They are neither conscious that their programs have been launched this yr nor concerning the threat they face. The three students timesofindia.com contacted have been aghast with shock and worry of the future.
Ritika Sharma, a primary yr scholar of Bsc (H) Computer Science, stated she was not conscious that the course had been launched this yr itself. “Now, our career is at stake. Our future is also uncertain. What will happen to us if the course is scrapped? I am worried about it,” she stated.
Somya, a primary yr scholar of Mathematics (H), stated, “If the course is scrapped, we will not just lose money but also one precious year. Who will compensate for that?”
First yr scholar of Hindi (H) Soyab Khan seemed to be tense about his future. A resident of Mewat in Haryana, Soyab stated if he knew that the course was launched this yr itself he would have both modified the topic or the college.
Worried about his prospects, he requested a volley of questions. “Can I change the subject? Can I take History or Political Science instead? How do I get my course changed? Will I have to visit Delhi and meet the principal to get my course changed? What if the course itself is scrapped?”
Tough questions certainly whose solutions stay uncertain in the meanwhile.