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‘Semester system for DU undergrad courses not feasible’

Amid opposition from teachers from humanities and commerce stream, the Delhi University is planning to introduce the semester system across all undergraduate courses from this academic session in July.

delhi Updated: Mar 13, 2011 00:45 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

Amid opposition from teachers from humanities and commerce stream, the Delhi University is planning to introduce the semester system across all undergraduate courses from this academic session in July.

But science teachers, who have taught one semester in the new mode, believe it is not academically feasible.

“Under the semester system, teachers are left with no time for research; attend conferences or refresher courses that is important to keep yourself updated to teach better. In case of the students, the curriculum has become mechanical and it has drastically reduced teacher-student interaction. Also, students are not left with much time to pursue extra-curricular activities,” said Deepak Jain, who teaches physics at the Deen Dayal Upadhayay college.

Teachers also said the administration’s claim that the semester system is more efficient by declaring the first semester results within a very short time is questionable. “Why were results for the six courses, which were already running in semester mode, not declared in tandem with the 13 science courses? Students have been given marks liberally, just to prove the success of the new system. Students did not even attend the required number of practicals since we did not have the available software. But in spite of that they have been given marks,” said Naveen Jain, who teaches electronics in Zakir Hussain College.

However, some principals said that rather than criticising the semester system, teachers should suggest ways to strengthen it. “We have to comply with the decision of the high court and see to it that the system is implemented properly. In any case, it is too early to pass a judgement on semester system since only one semster has been taught. Whenever a change takes place, there are bound to be some problems and it is our duty to suggest solutions,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.

Departments of humanities and social sciences have been divided over switching from annual to semester mode. While the committee of courses for political science, philosophy and Hindi has passed the courses, English, economics, sociology and history are opposed to the semester system.