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DU, DUTA fail to resolve row over semester system: HC told

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2010 20:31 IST

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The attempt by Delhi University (DU) and its faculty members, who have been agitating over implementation of semester system for undergraduate students, to resolve the issue through mediation failed yesterday, the Delhi High Court was told on .

The counsel for the University and the Delhi University Teachers Association(DUTA) appeared before Justice Sunil Gaur and informed about the development.

The court sought an affidavit from them by tomorrow so as to pass a detailed order.

On July 15, the court had suggested both the parties go for mediation for a permanent solution and appointed a lawyer as the mediator with the consent of both the parties.

The court's suggestion had come on a petition filed by the University seeking a direction restraining the agitating teachers from going on a strike and holding demonstrations repeatedly.

According to the University, the teachers, as a protest, had withheld the internal assessment marks of the students and later released it following intervention of this court.

In the petition, the University alleged that due to strike, gherao and demonstration, the smooth functioning of the administration, educational and examination system has been affected.

Following a letter from the University Grant Commission (UGC) on March 21, DU has implemented the semester system for undergraduate students.

DUTA has been opposing the semester system for a long time but matters came to a head when Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental approved the new curricula for 12 science courses at the Academic Council meeting in May.

According to council members, he had passed the curriculum without discussion and walked out of the meeting.