Unhappy with the content of the proposed syllabus for B.Sc. (H) Mathematics, the Delhi University Mathematics Teachers’ Association (DUMTA) has submitted a memorandum to Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh seeking his intervention in the matter.
The memorandum alleges that the proposed syllabus has not been prepared in accordance with the norms laid down in the Ordinances and Statutes of the university and that the “Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental and the Director, South Campus, Dinesh Singh, are planning to use bull-dozing techniques to push it through at the forthcoming meeting of the Academic Council on July 12”.
The fact that the proposal was not routed through the Committee of Courses of the Mathematics Department and instead formulated by an empowered committee set up the Vice Chancellor is another point of contention.
“The empowered committee seems to be in a hurry to pass this syllabus. Not even one of the written critical representations of the proposed syllabus sent by several colleges was read or even considered at the meeting of the empowered committee on April 28,” said Nandita Narain, spokesperson of DUMTA.
Dinesh Singh, director, South Campus, however, has refused to comment on this issue. “I have no reaction to this step taken by DUMTA. We live in a free country and people can object to do anything if they want to. However, what I can assure is that the procedure adopted to pass the new Mathematics syllabus does not violate any rule,” he said.