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More changes suggested in syllabus for 4-yr-programme

The courses passed by Delhi University's committees of courses and department heads will have to undergo changes before they are presented to the Academic Council (AC) for a final approval. Mallica Joshi reports.

delhi Updated: May 06, 2013 00:23 IST
Mallica Joshi

The courses passed by Delhi University's committees of courses and department heads will have to undergo changes before they are presented to the Academic Council (AC) for a final approval.

This has been decided in the meeting of the standing committee, which comprises AC members, over Saturday and Sunday. The courses under review for the new four-year undergraduate programmes.

"The meeting went on for a long time and was very detailed. Each course was discussed. The heads of departments have been asked to make the changes suggested by the committee. The changes will be indicated, page wise, in a new document that will be attached to the agenda papers that have to be discussed on Tuesday's AC meeting. The changes have to be submitted by Monday afternoon," said Umesh Rai, director, South Campus and member of the standing committee.

A number of teachers, however, have stated that changing the syllabus after it was passed by the committee of courses is not ideal.

"If changes have to be made, it should be done by the committee. The head of the department should not be the one making these changes," said a teacher.

Many teachers also raised doubts about the composition of the committee, wondering who decides which AC members to call and which to leave out.

"If the AC does not have the authority of changing syllabi or courses, the standing committee can also not exercise these powers. The standing committee has to send back syllabi back to the committee of courses through faculties," said DUTA member, Abha Dev Habib.

A group of teachers, meanwhile, will hold a dharna outside the vice-chancellor's office on Monday, demanding that the appointment of permanent teachers be started at the earliest along with better work conditions and summer salary for ad-hoc teachers.

Apart from opposition from teachers, an NGO has also moved High Court against the new four-year undergraduate programme, calling it "discriminatory" against disabled students.

The NGO, Sambhavana, has claimed that the two mandatory foundation courses based on mathematics and science would be a hurdle for visually-challenged students. They have sought a stay on the process.