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DU humanities courses turn to semester mode

Even as the protest against semester system in more undergraduate courses gained momentum, the committee of the faculty of the arts in Delhi University on Monday cleared all courses, except English and Germanic and Romance Studies, to be taught under to semester system. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2011 00:41 IST
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Even as the protest against semester system in more undergraduate courses gained momentum, the committee of the faculty of the arts in Delhi University on Monday cleared all courses, except English and Germanic and Romance Studies, to be taught under to semester system.

The committee's meeting, which was presided over by the dean of the faculty of arts, HS Prasad, passed 11 undergraduate arts courses to be taught under the semester system.

The 11 courses include Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Persian Studies, Arabic, Psychology, Philosophy, Buddhist Studies, Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

Among the 100-odd members comprising professors, readers, lecturers of various departments and college teachers who were present at the meeting, only two teachers expressed dissent.

The meeting was crucial as the courses, after being passed by the faculty of arts, are now ready to be tabled at the academic council and executive council, which are the highest decision-making bodies of the varsity.

"All the courses were unanimously passed except for the two departments who have been asked to convene a meeting soon. All these courses had been passed through the undergraduate committee of courses," said Bindu Puri, associate professor in the philosophy department who was part of the meeting.

English department teachers have vehemently opposed the semester system, alleging that the new system will dilute the course content.

"We are still awaiting the formation of committee of courses and the department is also scheduled to hold a general body meeting on Wednesday. We have also sought an extension from the administration to submit the new syllabi. Ideally everyone's views should be taken into account while switching to the new mode," said Sumanyu Sathpathy, head of the department of English.

The department of social sciences, which includes economics, history and sociology, have also been opposed the switching to the semester mode.

"Previously, too, syllabi changed, but there have always been discussions and debates, which is missing now. We have been asked to arbitrarily bifurcate the syllabus which is bizarre," said Biswamoy Pati, associate professor who has been teaching history in the varsity for the past 39 years.

Meanwhile, the registrar sent letters on Saturday to department of history and sociology asking them to convene the meeting on their committee of courses immediately so that the courses can be tabled at the two councils.