New Delhi: Pulling up Delhi University
and its teachers for fighting over the introduction of
semester system, the Delhi High Court Tuesday asked them not to
play with the "life and career" of students.
After the university and teachers` union failed to
reconcile their differences on introduction of semester
system, Justice Aruna Suresh asked them to consult the
students` union to end the standoff on the issue.
"Today, who is the sufferer? It is neither the
university nor the teachers, but the larger interest of the
students. Don`t play with the life and the career of the
students," the court said, adding that they should consult with
the students` union to get their point of view on the semester
system in the next meeting.
The court also pulled up Delhi University Teachers
Association (DUTA) for not taking classes in protest against
the introduction of semester system in the university.
"How can you refuse to teach the syllabus? You can`t
take decisions that semester system is not good," the court
The HC was informed yesterday about the failed attempt
of DU and DUTA to resolve the issue through mediation.
On July 15, the court had suggested that both the
parties go for mediation for a permanent solution and
appointed a lawyer as the mediator with the consent of the two
The court`s suggestion had come on a petition filed by
the university seeking a direction restraining the agitating
teachers from going on a strike and holding demonstrations
In the petition, the university alleged that due to
strike and demonstrations by teachers, the smooth functioning
of the administration, educational and examination system has
Following a letter from the University Grant
Commission (UGC) on March 21, DU has implemented the semester
system for undergraduate students.
DUTA has been opposing the semester system for a long
time but matters came to a head when Vice Chancellor Deepak
Pental approved the new curricula for 12 science courses at
the Academic Council meeting in May.