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Great divide among depts deepens crisis

delhi Updated: Mar 21, 2011 23:24 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh
Joyeeta Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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The semester system controversy is all set to deepen.

The faculty of social sciences, under which comes subjects such as political science, sociology, history, economics and geography among others, is scheduled to convene a meeting on March 23 to pass the courses in the semester system.

But with the committee of courses (COC) of departments of sociology and history having rejected the semester system, it is unlikely that the syllabi of these courses will be passed.

The economics department, meanwhile, hasn't even had a general body meeting (GBM) to discuss the issue.

"The teacher in-charge from colleges had a meeting with the head of the department. But most of them walked out of the meeting since we were just asked to prepare the syllabi in the semester mode, without any discussions. There has been no GBM or COC as yet. Since no syllabi till now has been prepared so there is no question of passing it," said Nandini Dutta, teacher in-charge of department of economics, Miranda House.

Both sociology and history departments have rejected the implementation of the semester system in their COC meetings.

"It is mandatory for the COC to pass the courses before it is tabled at the faculty meeting. When the COC has rejected the semester system for undergraduate courses, one does not expect anything much to happen at the faculty meeting," said a teacher from the department of history who was part of the COC.

Meanwhile, the history department head has received letters from the registrar (copies of which are with HT) asking him to convene a meeting of the COC again and pass the course under semester.

"The COC held on March 9 rejected the semester system but authorities are trying to coerce the teachers to pass the course in the new system," said a teacher of the history department.

On March 19, the committee of courses of department of English, too, rejected the implementation of semester system in the BA (Honours) English course.

Sources from the DU administration though said that the departments, which are not complying with the universities directions of switching to semester system, might face legal action.

"The administration on its part is trying its best to convince the departments but if they do not comply then the departments will be answerable to the court," said a DU official.

A hearing on the issue of semester system is scheduled in the high court on April 28.