The uncertainty over the implementation of the semester system at Delhi University is now over. The university’s Academic Council (AC) — the highest academic body of the university — passed ‘semesterised’ syllabi of 22 undergraduate courses and other disciplines, in its meeting on Monday.
The AC also gave the Vice Chancellor (VC) the right to take all necessary measures to implement the semester system, including the bifurcation of courses.
In the marathon meeting, which lasted seven hours, the syllabi that had earlier been approved by the Committee of Courses — including Psychology (Honours), B Com (Honours), Statistics (Honours) and Hindi (Honours) — was passed by the AC.The AC consists of the VC, Pro VC, dean of faculties, heads of departments and elected members (teachers). With the AC giving the VC the right to bifurcate the courses of subjects, the semester system is all but through. Courses not been passed by the Committee of Courses, so far, include English (Honours), Economics (Honours) and Political Science (Honours).
Meanwhile, five members dissented against the passing of semesterised syllabi — giving the VC the power to decide the syllabi — and the hurried manner of calling the meeting. According to some elected members, courses that were passed were incomplete and ill-devised.
“In Hindi and Persian, the syllabi of some papers have not been decided. When we pointed out this discrepancy, the VC said that these issues would be looked into later. If this was the case, then why was the meeting called?” said Amitava Chakraborty, elected member of the AC.
The AC also passed ordinances that allowed for draft amendments for courses passed last year and this year. AC members also said that the meeting had been called on a very short notice and that the members were not given enough time to go through the syllabi of all the tabled courses.
“We have had no time to think or consult. This is no way to call a meeting,” said Sheo Dutt, member of the AC.