Drafting the syllabi of economics courses at Delhi University may finally fall with the vice-chancellor after all.
A resolution passed at the general body meeting of the department of economics on Wednesday said teachers will not participate in the formulation of semester syllabi at the undergraduate level, either for honours course or the programme courses.
"It was a unanimous decision. A lot of thought went into it and a lot of discussions took place. We have finally decided not to make any syllabi," said Saumyajit Bhattacharya, who teaches economics at Kirori Mal College.
The meeting, which was attended by 70 teachers, went on for four hours. The resolution to not formulate any semester syllabi was the only one passed in the meeting.
"Since he is now authorised to make courses, the vice-chancellor can go ahead and do that. The department teachers are distancing themselves from the process. There is just no time to make a meaningful course," said another teacher, who did not wish to be named.
In the meeting of the Academic Council (AC) — the highest academic body of the university — on April 25, the vice-chancellor had been authorised to bifurcate the courses of departments that fail to formulate courses.
The department of economics is the first to announce they won’t make any courses after the AC meeting.