Sunday, December 20, 2009

Teachers oppose semester system in Delhi University

After stalling the biometric IDs — to keep a check on teacher attendance — proposal at the Executive Council meeting, Delhi University teachers will now show their opposition to the proposed semester system for the undergraduate level on Tuesday, when the teachers meet for a General Body meeting. The meeting will also discuss teachers’ service conditions proposed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as well as the demand to drop the biometric IDs. Plans are big, as the teachers will also stage dharnas in their respective, take out a march from Mandi House to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on December 22 and similar protests will continue into January 2010 as well.

Teachers will gather at the new Arts Faculty convocation hall for the meet called by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA). DUTA executives met last week and resolved to oppose the semester system for the undergraduate level, which is supposed to come into effect from the 2010-11 academic session. The university recently prepared a final draft of plans for implementation of the semester system. After the meet, the teachers will march towards the vice chancellor’s office, where they will demand a fresh debate on the semester system and a rollback on the proposed biometric IDs system. ‘‘The semester system cannot be implemented without a proper debate on its feasibility and without the Academic Council’s (AC) approval,’’ said DUTA president Aditya Narayan Mishra. But according to university officials and the minutes of the AC, the proposal has been passed, with 19 in dissent against 126 votes in favour.

‘‘Teachers don’t want negative impact on service conditions and have been trying to say that to the university, UGC and the MHRD. The semester system, the proposed service conditions for teachers, and the biometric IDs proposal is a package of negative service conditions and teachers are bound to oppose such a move. Moreover, the university administration has been taking decisions arbitrarily without consulting teachers,’’ said Rajib Ray, a faculty member of Kirori Mal College. Meanwhile, history teachers on December 12 resolved they will not participate in implementation of the semester system, including the preparation of syllabi.

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