On semester system
Delhi University Teachers’ Association
University of Delhi.
7 October 09
Sub: Requisition for an emergent meeting of the DUTA Executive to decide the future course of action to fight implementation of semester system at the UG level
With deep sense of concern, we, the undersigned members of DUTA Executive and Academic and Executive Council, bring to your notice the following:
- An empowered committee has been constituted by the Vice-Chancellor for working out the modalities of implementation of semester system at the undergraduate level. (Notification issued to the members dated 5 October 09.)
- This 22 member committee has the following terms of reference:
a) Preparation of Academic calendar for the semester system ensuring 180 working days of teaching in an academic year.
b) Modalities of conduct of examination and centralized evaluation system including preparation of model date sheet(s) for the semester examination of the university.
c) Working out the academic design and structure of the semester system.
d) Any other issues for smooth implementation of the semester system in the undergraduate courses of the university.
We request you to immediately convene an emergent meeting of the DUTA Executive to not only discuss the role to be played by the six elected AC members on this committee but also to decide an effective course of action by the DUTA to defeat the nefarious design of the Vice-Chancellor to impose semester system at UG level despite the negative feedback about its academic implications from many Staff Councils and Associations and by completely ignoring the voice of the elected component in the Academic and Executive Councils.
Following the formation of this committee, soon there may be committees formed in the Departments to look into course restructuring.
Any further delay in launching a struggle on this issue will help the Vice Chancellor, who is impervious to arguments and reason, to carry out, by hook or crook, the Government policy of uniform semester system across the country so as to facilitate commercialisation of higher education through inter-institution credit transfer and creation of autonomous colleges.
Abha Dev Habib