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No semester: science depts

After the English and Mathematics departments refusing to teach modules in the science courses approved by the Academic Council to be taught under the semester system, science teachers too have now refused to teach these courses.

delhi Updated: May 26, 2010 23:44 IST
HT Correspondent

After the English and Mathematics departments refusing to teach modules in the science courses approved by the Academic Council to be taught under the semester system, science teachers too have now refused to teach these courses.

In a meeting of the General Body of Science on Wednesday, more than 350 teachers of Delhi University comprising departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Electronics and Computer Science rejected the implementation of semester system in the 12 science courses.

In the academic council meeting held on May 13, it was decided that barring BSc (H) Mathematics and BSc (H) Chemical Sciences, all the science courses will follow the semester system.

The General Body of Science, which met at Kirori Mal College, has resolved to reject the semester system and the semester-based courses that they claim have been passed illegally and undemocratically by the Vice-Chancellor.

They have also decided not to teach any courses under the semester-based system.

“We want the courses to be taught in the annual system of exams with the old syllabus retained,” said Vinay Kumar Singh, Secretary, General Body of Science.

The teachers also protested the scrapping of BSc Applied Physical Sciences courses such as Computer Sciences and Electronics and merging them into BSc Physical Science.

The General Body of Science teachers has also urged the Delhi University of Teachers’ Association (DUTA) to take a collective decision to oppose the implementation of the semester system at the under-graduate level without discussion and debate.

They have also asked the DUTA to disassociate from admissions process due to begin from Friday.