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DU teachers’ new lessons in protest

Teachers taught and wrote equations on white boards and students took down notes as usual. It was a normal lesson but for the fact that it happened outside the four walls of a classroom.

delhi Updated: Mar 10, 2011 23:29 IST
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Teachers taught and wrote equations on white boards and students took down notes as usual. It was a normal lesson but for the fact that it happened outside the four walls of a classroom.

Teachers of the Delhi University took classes in the lawns outside the office of the university Vice Chancellor in North Campus as a protest against the implementation of the semester system.

The lawns were peppered with placards which had slogans like ‘resist the imposition of semester system’, ‘we do not want a factory that will manufacture half baked minds’ and ‘we refuse to become mere rubber stamps’. The protest was organised by the Joint Action Body.

Teachers from various colleges including St. Stephen’s, Hindu, Hansraj and Kirori Mal took classes and tutorials in the lawns. “The university is hell bent on imposing the semester system but it is not that easy. It is a very big change and we require time to change along with it,” said Shomojit Bhattacharya, assistant professor, Economics, Kirori Mal College.

“Introduction of the OBC quota has also become a problem in view of the semester system as the level of students is different and we will not get enough time to help the weaker students. Sometimes the student is very bright but cannot cope because of language barrier. We need to give extra time to such students, which is not possible in the semester system,” Bhattacharya added.

A majority of Delhi University teachers have been up in arms about the implementation of the semester system. The order was passed when Professor Deepak Pental was the VC. Teachers lament the fact that the order was passed without any discussions with them. The teaching staff of many colleges had refused to participate in the admission process last year.

“The university is just not ready to have any discussion about the desirability and the feasibility of the semester system. They don’t listen to what we have to say. A one-sided conversation cannot solve problems,” said NA Jacob, assistant professor, English, Ramjas College.

One key concern of the teachers is that the syllabus, currently in an annual form, can’t be just divided into two. Doing so, the teachers say, is anti-academic and is going to lower the university’s education standards.

So far, the committee of courses has approved the semester syllabi for mathematics, Hindi, philosophy and political science.

Till now, 13 science courses have already been converted into semester courses.