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Thursday , September 6 , 2012
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Visva order on class timings

Santiniketan, Sept. 5: Visva-Bharati has instructed all departments to submit copies of their class routines to find out if the new timings adopted last month are being followed.

The new schedule, which said all classes would begin at 9.30am and continue till 6pm, came into effect on August 1. Officials said the schedule was prepared with guidelines from the University Grants Commission.

The notices were sent to the departments on Friday.

“The notification (seeking the class routines) was issued to enquire if all departments are complying with the UGC’s guideline of working hours. If the timings are followed, the academic atmosphere will improve in the varsity,” said Amrit Sen, the Visva-Bharati spokesperson.

Varsity sources said complaints from several students on the new timings had prompted the authorities to issue the notices.

“The authorities hardly meddle with class schedules. Departments usually work within the schedule of the university. But the university is concerned about the schedule being followed now after a section of students expressed dissatisfaction over the revised timings. The authorities want to compare the new timings with the old ones,” a professor in Vidya Bhavan said.

The professor also hinted at surprise visits by the varsity authorities.

“There may be sudden visits by authorities to various departments to check whether teachers are present in class and teaching students properly,” he said.

Another Vidya Bhavan professor said the authorities should emphasise on developing infrastructure first and then enquire about class routines.

“There are not enough drinking water facilities in several departments. Students or Group D staff have to arrange for drinking water from other departments,” the professor said.