Students studying in 13 undergraduate science programmes in Delhi University heaved a sigh of relief on Monday as the Delhi High Court upheld the implementation of semester system in the current academic year.
Ending months of uncertainty, the court directed teachers in 31 colleges where semester system is being implemented to take classes from Tuesday under the new system.
This means that the teachers who were against the system now have no choice but to teach in the semester mode.
Any teacher abstaining from taking classes will be marked absent and appropriate action can be taken by the colleges concerned.
“The rule of law has to prevail and teachers are bound to follow the instructions of the University administration,” the court observed.
Students stand to benefit the most from the judgement. Till now there was no clarity on whether the first semster examination would be held or not as the teachers continued to strike work despite a Delhi University Teachers Association assurance to the court on October 29 that they are withdrawing the strike.
To help students prepare for the examinations, the court has given the university a free hand to postpone the first semester examination further, which had to be rescheduled from November 20 to December 6.
Since most colleges have not covered the syllabus prescribed under the semester system, principals felt that a further postponement of examination was on the cards.