The Delhi High Court may have asked Delhi University (DU) and its teachers to end the impasse over the implementation of the semester system and not play with the lives of students, but the deadlock continues.
At a press conference on Thursday, DU Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental said the university “categorically clarifies that the semester system and its implementation is not the issue under discussion in the High Court of Delhi. The semester system remains in force as announced at all times”.
Pental said the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has been running a campaign which has created an erroneous impression that implementation of the semester system is under question and it cannot be implemented at the moment. He said the issue before the Court is about a restraint order DU had sought against DUTA to stop them from disrupting the teaching process in the colleges under the semester system.
He said the Academic Council and subsequently the Executive Council had approved the course revision and introduction of the system in the science courses from session 2010-11.
He also said “any attempts to teach the old courses in the annual model is contrary to AC/EC resolutions and therefore illegal”.
But teachers across colleges are unsure about which mode to follow and have been teaching the topics common to both the old and new syllabus. To this he said, “there should be no confusion. The teachers will have to teach the new syllabus under the semester system.” He added that the new courses have been revised to provide students with more contemporary knowledge.
When asked about involving students as advised by the court, he said, “Our counsel will inform the court that consultations with students are over and there is no need for any further consultations now.” Students studying the post graduate courses in the semester mode had given their views on the website and none of them has criticised the system, he added.
Reacting to the VC’s statements DUTA said the science courses were passed illegally and that the teachers will continue to teach in the annual scheme. “If the semester system is to benefit the students, why were there no student representatives as per the statues, in the Academic Council meeting on May 13?” asked Abha Dev Habib, an AC member.