A general body meeting (GBM) of English teachers from across all colleges of DU on Wednesday passed a resolution rejecting the semester system. Of the 175 teachers who attended the meeting, only 12 voted against the resolution. “This GBM resolves not to prepare, revise, bifurcate or approve any semester-based syllabus for undergraduate study,” the resolution read.
Significantly, on Monday the committee of faculty of arts, which had passed 11 courses to be taught under semester system, had failed to pass English since its syllabus was not ready.
“With hardly any time left, we have been asked to simply bifurcate the syllabus. Teachers have not been engaged in discussing academic and infrastructure concerns,” said Sanam Khanna, assistant professor of English, Kamala Nehru College. It was also alleged that the committee of courses was being coerced into passing the syllabi without taking the teachers’ view.
But there were few in favour of the semester system too. “This is a great opportunity to revise the syllabus. The new system will help bridge the gap between the best and mediocre students,” said Poonam Trivedi, associate professor, IP College.
Sumanyu Sathpathy, head of the department of English said the GBM was only a consultative forum and that its mandate may not affect the decision of the committee of courses. “I am planning a meeting of the committee of courses on March 26, where a formal decision on the issue would be taken,” he added.