The two-teacher associations of Jadavpur University- JUTA and ABUTA, have told the UGC that while the application of digital tools to make the teaching-learning process more innovative and inclusive is the need of the hour, but for this, the necessary physical infrastructure must be developed by the government.
The Jadavpur University Teachers Association said in its response to the UGC Concept Note about the Blended Learning method that the majority of students do not have the required high-speed internet connectivity with a standard digital device which is essential to get round-the-clock access to learning resources. As JUTA states, the geographical location of 60 per cent of all colleges and 40 per cent of all universities in India is in rural areas where network connectivity is a major issue. Moreover, the digital divide among students is starkly visible across gender, caste, religion, region, and income. Against this backdrop, JUTA strongly feels that the mechanical imposition of a blended model of education on such diversely different stakeholders of higher education is unscientific, iniquitous, and undemocratic.
The All Bengal University Teachers’ Association said the move to seek feedback from teachers bodies about blended teaching mode is nothing but an attempt to mislead the people as the UGC has already framed regulations asking Vice Chancellors of different universities to have 40 per cent of teaching on online mode.
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