A week ago, Delhi University (DU) vice chancellor Dinesh Singh walked into some colleges to be greeted by students loitering around the campus.
Not only had teachers refrained from taking class, timetables of most courses had not been put up on the notice boards as well.
However, within hours a notice was issued to some of the defaulting principals and other colleges had been asked to send in copies of the timetables for the rest of the semester.
It was then that the colleges decided to up their ante.
“We have received the timetables from a majority of the colleges. We are glad that colleges have taken cognisance of the matter because it is an extremely serious issue if the principals themselves are lax about conducting classes in a regular fashion. This is the semester system and it is time that colleges get serious about things such as timetables and regular classes,” said a senior DU official.
While principals of some of the colleges that the vice chancellor visited refrained from commenting but they lashed out at him for the surprise inspection on January 2.
However, some of them have been quick to respond to the notice.
“We have uploaded the timetables of all courses on our website and the hard copies of the same had been sent to the dean’s office three days after we got the notice.
The same was also announced in all the classes and all the students have been told about the timetable,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
SRCC principal PC Jain said, “We sent a copy of the timetable to the dean of colleges as soon as we received the notice. The government in essence employs us and we must perform as we are expected to. If we don’t we are being unfair to the students. Even if the vice chancellor had not paid a visit, classes should have been going on smoothly and on time.”