While Indian female athletes shine at the global platform in the Rio Olympics, back home, a girls college in DU cancels popular physical education course.
Delhi University’s Bhagini Nivedita College has cancelled its physical education course, dealing a severe blow to the 24 students currently enrolled in this elective course, as part of the 3Y-UG BA Programme. As per the notice issued by the college on 17 August, the students have been asked to opt for other electives instead, like mass communication and creative writing.
Introduced in 2011, the physical education course has suffered an uncertain fate ever since the controversial Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) was set up. Unfortunately, like the FYUP, even the current system of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) doesn’t bolster this course, thereby becoming a prime reason for its cancellation.
College authorities said that other reasons for withdrawing this elective are the changes in workload under the new system and unavailability of equipped teaching staff. But the concerned teacher, Mamta Sahrawat, alleged that the course was being unfairly targeted, in spite of a fair number of students showing interest for this course.
The students are the worst hit by this decision, because it is their future that hangs in the balance. Teachers from other departments of the college have sent an application to the principal, Purbi Saikia, asking her to allow the course to run. But response to the proactive pleas of teachers and students alike, is still awaited.
With inputs from Hindustan Times.
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