Delhi University's new vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh said on Wednesday that the university is open to suggestions from teachers about any changes in the current syllabus for the science courses under the semester system.
Singh’s opinion came even though impasse over the implementation of the semester system in 13 undergraduate science courses continues between the teachers and the university.
Speaking to Hindustan Times on the issue, the vice-chancellor said, “We are open to ironing out any issues and concerns vis-à-vis the content, through all established mechanism and processes of the university.”
He said, if done immediately, the changes in the syllabi could be implemented as soon as the second semester. If that is not possible, the modified syllabus of the science courses will be implemented from academic session of 2011-12.
As a first step towards resolving the present crisis, he will meet the representatives of Delhi University Teacher's Association on Thursday.
However, Singh, who assumed office four days ago, reiterated that the semester system will stay but necessary changes can be made within it.
The teachers’ agitation began on May 13 this year, after the Academic Council, headed by former V-C Deepak Pental, passed these 13 science
courses to be taught under the semester module.
The teachers’ main grouse is that they were not consulted, and the changes were made arbitrarily while syllabus was restructured from annual to semester mode.
They said there was a huge dilution in the content of the courses in its present form.
According to the new V-C, however, the interest of the first-year students, who are scheduled to appear for the first semester examination is of prime concern at the moment.
Addressing the teachers who have been striking work frequently to protest against the semester system, Singh said: “At no point should anyone believe that the university is not sensitive to the needs of the teaching community but our priority at the moment is to deliver within the limited time we have in hand and ensure that the students are prepared to sit for the first semester.”