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Social work gives nod, but geography rejects DU's semester system

With just a day to go before Delhi University's faculty of social sciences holds its meeting, teachers of one more humanities department rejected the proposed semester system at undergraduate level. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2011 00:07 IST
HT Correspondent

With just a day to go before Delhi University's faculty of social sciences holds its meeting, teachers of one more humanities department rejected the proposed semester system at undergraduate level.

The department of geography, which held its general body meeting on Tuesday, said the new system would lead to dilution of the course.

Forty-four teachers out of the 50 present at the meeting voted against the semester system. "An overwhelming majority rejected it, as it is not viable to teach students in semester mode in a university as large as DU. Moreover, it will lead to the dilution of the course content. The head of the department will convey the mandate of the teachers in tomorrow's faculty meeting," said PK Parihar, who was part of the meeting and teaches geography at Dayal Singh College (Morning).

The sociology and history departments already rejected the switch from annual to semester at their committee of courses meet, and economics department teachers are also opposed to it.

The Committee of Courses for BA (Hons) Social Work, however, approved the semester syllabus at the undergraduate level. "The decision was unanimously taken. As it is a professional course, we do not mind the semester system," said Professor Sanjai Bhatt, head of the department of social work.

Meanwhile, the Joint Action Body - a group of teachers opposing the semester system - in a meeting on Tuesday decided on a stronger response against the implementation of the semester system and the administration's aggressiveness.

According to sources, university administration threatened history department head with legal action if the Committee of Courses did not pass the semester course by March 28.

"The administration is pressurising the dissenting teachers, instead of understanding why we have reservations. But we will not be intimidated so easily and plan strong action ourselves," said a JAB member, who didn't wish to be named.