The two-teacher associations of Jadavpur University- JUTA and ABUTA, have instructed the UGC that whereas the software of digital instruments to make the teaching-learning course of extra modern and inclusive is the want of the hour, however for this, the crucial bodily infrastructure have to be developed by the authorities.
The Jadavpur University Teachers Association (JUTA) mentioned in its response to the UGC Concept Note about the Blended Learning method that the majority of scholars should not have the required high-speed web connectivity with a normal digital machine which is crucial to get round-the-clock entry to learning assets.
As JUTA states, the geographical location of 60 per cent of all schools and 40 per cent of all universities in India is in rural areas the place community connectivity is a significant difficulty. Moreover, the digital divide amongst college students is starkly seen throughout gender, caste, faith, area, and revenue. Against this backdrop, JUTA strongly feels that the mechanical imposition of a blended mannequin of training on such diversely totally different stakeholders of upper training is unscientific, iniquitous, and undemocratic. “JUTA strongly feels that the hidden agenda behind this prescribed blended mode is to advocate reduction of government spending on higher education in the name of quality education,” affiliation General Secretary Partha Pratim Roy mentioned.
“The recommendation for a blended model of education in the present scenario is untimely and is very likely to exclude millions of students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, from the arena of higher education,” Partha Pratim Roy additional added. “It is clear from the concept note that the blended model of education will be effective for urban students from higher-income groups with better network connectivity as this blended model will include and benefit only those who can financially afford better digital access”, Roy said.
The All Bengal University Teachers’ Association (ABUTA) mentioned the transfer to hunt suggestions from academics our bodies about blended instructing mode is nothing however an try and mislead the folks as the UGC has already framed laws asking Vice Chancellors of various universities to have 40 per cent of instructing on on-line mode.
“We had lodged our protests against the draft of new National Education Policy (NEP) but the UGC ignored. We feel this blended teaching will destroy the public-funded university system, and help the privately run corporate sector,” ABUTA, JU Convenor Goutam Maity mentioned, including as the affiliation communicated its resolution to the UGC in a letter on Sunday.
UGC had despatched its idea be aware despatched to the varsity and school academics’ our bodies final month about the blended instructing mannequin in the pandemic scenario and sought the views of the associations on this regard.