The first semester examination for the 13 undergraduate science courses in Delhi University will be held from January 4 to 13, 2011. Earlier, the examinations were to be held from December 6.
The revised schedule comes after the High Court’s decision on November 15, upholding the semester system in the science courses.
Most colleges were struggling to finish the syllabus in the said courses due to frequent strikes by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), opposing the implementation of the semester system. Hence, the court had also given the university a free hand to revise the academic schedule for the semester courses if need be.
As per the new schedule, the the practical examinations for the science courses under semester will begin from December 14, and will end on December 24, which will also be the last teaching day for first semester. The preparation leave and the winter vacation start from December 25, and ends on January 2.
The colleges will reopen on January 3, and the first semester examination as well as examination for all the courses in the annual mode will be held from January 4 to 13.
Classes for both the second semester and annual mode resume from January 14, and the last working day will be April 27. Practical examination for the second semester as well as the annual mode will be held from April 14 to 27. The study leave will begin from April 27 to May 2, and the examinations for both semester and annual mode start from May 3 to 28. The summer vacations will begin from June 8 and end on July 20.
In the letter with the new schedule issued by the registrar to the principals of colleges, the university has asked the colleges to organise teaching on Saturdays and Sundays, and said no classes should be conducted on the days of practical examinations.
Most colleges, including Kirorimal and Daulat Ram, which had been teaching the science courses only in the semester system before the HC order, said the revised schedule has given them ample time to finish the syllabus.
“The schedule is very reasonable and we have also started taking extra classes. We are positive that the students will be well-prepared to take the first semester examinations,” said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirorimal College.