Around eight teachers from two of Delhi University’s leading colleges — Hindu and Hansraj — might be slapped with show-cause notices by college authorities, after Delhi University Vice-Chancellor and a team of university officials found them missing from their scheduled classes on Tuesday.
A day after paying a surprise visit to two North Campus colleges — Ramjas and Kirorimal — the university administration on Tuesday morning conducted another round of surprise checks at Hindu and Hansraj. With empty classrooms and missing teachers, the scene at these colleges was not very different from what the V-C’s team had witnessed on Monday afternoon.
It has been alleged that some teachers were absent without having applied for prior leave — these include five teachers from Hansraj and three from Hindu. “We have asked the principals to take action in such cases,” DU V-C Dinesh Singh said.
At Hansraj College, for instance, the first classroom that the university officials entered did not have a teacher even though a class had been scheduled and students had assembled there. “The students told us that a philosophy teacher had come to the class for a few minutes, taken attendance and left,” Singh said.
After finding another class empty, the V-C’s team was told that the class had been taken for an excursion. “The college was told that such trips should preferably be organised during breaks and not at a time when classes have been scheduled,” a university official said.
Meanwhile, principals of Ramjas and Kirorimal College have been asked to explain why classes were not scheduled on Monday afternoon and why the time-table had not been put up subject-wise, university officials said.
As he found classrooms empty, V-C Dinesh Singh said the colleges were not facing a space crunch. He said colleges should schedule lectures in such a manner that teaching takes place till late afternoon.
Following the feedback that they have received during these surprise visits, the university administration has decided to roll out certain measures that would facilitate teaching of the four-year undergraduate programme.
These include training programmes for teachers of foundation courses and special grants to those teachers who come up with