DU set to launch apps for teachers & a helpline for students

By Anusha

Apps for teachers & a helpline for students: DU

New Delhi: Delhi University (DU) is all set to introduce a helpline for students so that they will be able to report their grievances. The helpline - 1065, is meant for students to lodge complaints when the teachers are not attending the classes or if the students face any other problem at the college.

DU also plans to launch a mobile app for teachers. With the help of this app, the teachers will be able to register their leave(s) as against giving a call to the department or the Principal or putting up an application for the same.

A source from DU said, "A teacher can inform the college about his leave by updating it on the app by 9.30am. Following this, the app will deliver a message to the college principal and to the students."

DU has also planned to introduce a software which will aid teachers with uploading their timetables which will be linked to the University and college websites.

The helpline will be completely functional from the next academic year onwards, as per a member of the high-powered committee instituted by DU in 2013.

The member said, "If a teacher is absent frequently, or a large number of complaints are received against a particular teacher or on any other issue, an inquiry will be instituted. And if the teacher is found guilty, action will be taken against her or the college. This, however, does not mean that any random complaint will lead to an inquiry."

Many of these initiatives are least likely to be agreed by the teachers of DU, who are already against the feedback of students and the introduction of the code of professional ethics. They have termed these as "draconian" measures. As per the University's sources, the biometric attendance of teachers is also expected to be implemented from the academic session of 2014-2015.

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