The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the the Delhi University and its teachers for fighting over the introduction of semester system. It asked both the parties not to "play with the life and career of students".
After the University and teachers' union failed to reconcile their differences on introduction of semester system, Justice Aruna Suresh asked them to consult the students’ union to end the standoff on the issue.
“Today who is the sufferer? It is neither the University nor the teachers, but the larger interest of the students. Don't play with the life and the career of the students,” the court said, adding that they should consult with the students’ union to get their point of view on the semester system in the next meeting.
The court also pulled up Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) for not taking classes in protest against the introduction of semester system in the university. “How can you refuse to teach the syllabus. You can't take decisions that semester system is not good,” the court said.
The HC was informed on Monday about the failed attempt of DU and DUTA to resolve the issue through mediation.
On July 15, the court had suggested that both the parties go for mediation for a permanent solution and appointed a lawyer as the mediator with the consent of the two sides. The court’s suggestion had come on a petition filed by the university seeking a direction restraining the agitating teachers from going on a strike and holding demonstrations repeatedly.
In the petition, the University alleged that due to strikes and demonstrations by teachers, the smooth functioning of the administration, educational and examination system had been affected. Following a letter from the University Grant Commission on March 21, the DU has implemented the semester system for undergraduate students.