Two lecturers’ associations of Jadavpur College have communicated to the UGC that whereas the applying of digital instruments to make the teaching-learning course of extra modern and inclusive is the necessity of the hour, the required bodily infrastructure have to be developed by the federal government. The Jadavpur College Lecturers Affiliation (JUTA) stated in its response to the UGC Idea Notice about blended studying methodology that majority of scholars shouldn’t have the required high-speed web connectivity with a typical digital machine, which is crucial to get round the clock entry to studying assets.
The geographical location of 60 per cent of all faculties and 40 per cent of all universities in India is in rural areas, the place community connectivity is a serious situation. Furthermore, the digital divide amongst college students is starkly seen throughout gender, caste, faith, area, and revenue, affiliation normal secretary Partha Pratim Roy stated.
”On this backdrop, JUTA strongly feels that the mechanical imposition of a blended mode of schooling on such diversely totally different stakeholders of upper schooling is unscientific, iniquitous, and undemocratic… ”JUTA strongly feels that the hidden agenda behind this prescribed blended mode is to advocate discount of presidency spending on greater schooling within the identify of high quality schooling,” he stated.
The advice for a blended mode of schooling within the current situation is ”premature and could be very prone to exclude thousands and thousands of scholars, particularly these from deprived backgrounds, from the sector of upper schooling,” Roy stated. It’s clear from the idea observe that the blended mode of schooling will likely be efficient for city college students from greater revenue teams, with higher community connectivity as this blended mode will embody and profit solely those that can financially afford higher digital entry, Roy stated.
The All Bengal College Lecturers’ Affiliation (ABUTA) stated the transfer to hunt suggestions of lecturers our bodies about blended instructing mode is nothing however an try and mislead the folks because the UGC has already framed rules asking Vice Chancellors of various universities to have 40 per cent of instructing on on-line mode. ”We had lodged our protests in opposition to the draft of latest Nationwide Training Coverage however the UGC ignored.
”We really feel this blended instructing will destroy public funded college system, and assist the privately run company sector,” ABUTA JU Convenor Goutam Maity stated, including the affiliation communicated its resolution to the UGC in a letter on Sunday. UGC had despatched its idea observe despatched to the varsity and faculty lecturers’ our bodies final month about blended instructing mode within the pandemic state of affairs and sought the views of the associations on this regard.