University commission demands draw ire of teachers’ body

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to central universities citing Union Government instructions that courses should be taught based on demand from students, drawing criticism from a teachers’ body that it will lead to job losses and weaken language and social science departments, reports Express News Service.

In its communication dated 28 December, 2021, the UGC said that the ministry of education had on 30 November written to it conveying its observation that some departments have been started in central universities “without any assessment of the number of students interested in such courses” and suggesting that universities conduct “a rationalisation of all departments”.

In a statement, the Delhi University Democratic Teachers’ Front criticised the move, saying the government should not be guided by job prospects only while deciding on such matters.
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