The first semester examinations for 13 undergraduate science courses in Delhi University are likely to be postponed. The examinations were scheduled to be held from November 20.
Though no official communication to this effect has been made by the university, most college principals have said a lot of syllabus is yet to be covered with just over a month left for the examination.
Frequent strikes and demonstrations opposing the implementation of the semester system by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association have resulted in loss of valuable teaching hours.
Some colleges, however, have said their teachers are trying their best not to let the protests mar the teaching schedule.
"We want our students to be prepared for the examination, so despite the protests, our teachers have been taking classes," said a college principal, who did not wished to be named.
Apart from the strikes, the content of the syllabus is also of major concern.
Some principals said the syllabus of the science courses, which have been revised under the semester system, is too vast to be covered in such a short period of time.
Others said some of the contents is too specialised. "Some of the papers in Zoology and Botany are too specialised and our teachers do not have the required training to teach them.
So we are calling experts from outside to supplement the teaching of the teachers," said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental had earlier suggested that due to the loss of 16 teaching days in the first semester, the exams should be postponed by at least 10 days.
On Monday he said, "We have asked for feedback from the colleges on how much of the syllabus in the science courses has been covered so that we can take a call on when to hold theexaminations."