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Teachers head back to classes

High Court had ruled in favour of semester system but some glitches continue.

delhi Updated: Nov 18, 2010 00:30 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

A court order seems to have done what months of talks between the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) and the university authorities failed to do.

Teachers in all colleges of the varsity resumed taking classes in the semester mode on Tuesday, a day after the Delhi High Court upheld the semester system in the 13 undergraduate science programmes.

Kirorimal College, where all the science courses where being taught in the annual system, in a staff council meeting held on Tuesday has decided to switch to the semester mode.

"The teachers have unanimously decided to teach as per the semester system. We will make sure that the courses are covered and students are not inconvenienced anymore," said principal Bhim Sen Singh.

Commenting on the impasse, some principals said the situation was not as bad as it has been made out to be.

Principal of Hindu College Vinay Kumar Srivastava said, "The students were being taught all along. It is not as if no teaching was going on and that teachers have started teaching only after Monday's order."

Even though they held dharnas and strikes, they were teaching the topics, which were common to both the system, he said. "The court order has given us clarity and now we know for sure that the examination will be held in semester system," added Srivastava.

At Deen Dayal Upadhaya College, principal SK Garg said that while most science courses under the semester system were on track, English continues to be a problem.

"Apart from the opposition from the department of English against teaching the syllabus prescribed under semester in most colleges, our problem has been compounded due to non availability of faculty. We are still to fill up the post of an English lecturer," Garg added.

He added that while a postponement of the examination is imminent, many felt that the winter vacations could be curtailed or postponed for the courses to be completed.

Savithri Singh, principal of Acharya Narendra Dev College, said, "It is only logical that the time that has been lost to strikes have to be made up some how. But it is too early to speculate and since it is for the university to decide, we will wait for the orders from the university."