We do not recognise semester system, says DUTA
Jasleen Kaur | July 6, 2010
After disassociating from the admission process, the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) has said that teachers will teach the first-year students of the science stream according to the annual examination system and not the semester system as decided by the university.
"The semester system has not been passed. The way it has been implemented is illegal. We reject it and do not recognise it. We will teach students according to the annual examination system only," DUTA president Aditya Narayan Mishra told a media conference on Tuesday.
The Delhi University, notwithstanding the opposition from the teachers, has implemented the semester system from the 2010-11 academic session in the science departments. DUTA, to protest this move, had earlier asked teachers to dissociate themselves from the admission process.
Teachers were also asked not to prepare the time-table for the coming academic session. The DUTA says the implementation is violation of the university’s Acts and Ordinances.
Indermohan Kapahi, a science professor and convener of the National Democratic Teacher's Front (NDTF), said, "For the first time in the 88-year history of Delhi University academic structures and syllabi have been decided by the vice-chancellor without debate and analysis amongst teachers and statutory university bodies."
He alleged that the VC had misused his emergency powers to introduce the semester system and semester-based science courses without any statutory mandate. The fight between the vice-chancellor and the DUTA had even reached the Delhi High Court, which issued an order to the teachers' body not to obstruct the the procedures in the university.
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