DUTA says no to December`s semester exams

The teachers union of Delhi University, a staunch opponent of the newly-introduced semester system, on Wednesday said it will in no way participate in the conduct of the examination scheduled for next month.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 00:14 AM IST

New Delhi: The teachers union of Delhi University, a staunch opponent of the newly-introduced semester system, on Wednesday said it will in no way participate in the conduct of the examination scheduled for next month.

At a protest outside the Vice Chancellor`s office, the Delhi University Teachers Association said it would keep its adherence to the annual mode and will follow the schedule of examination of last year.

The semester exams are officially scheduled to begin
in less than a month in the 13 undergraduate courses that were
made to adopt the system this year but the teachers`
association and the administration are yet to resolve their
differences over the issue.

The DUTA had called off its week-long strike late last month after the Delhi High Court asked it not to hold the students` careers to ransom and to follow university rules.

Classes resumed following the order and Dinesh Singh
took over as Vice Chancellor from Deepak Pental, who had been
loggerheads with DUTA.

However, with DUTA still asking the teachers to follow
the annual mode in teaching rather than the semester mode,
confusion persists among the students.

"Teachers will not participate in the conduct of the
semester end examination in any way whatsoever," the union
said today, and added that the mid-term examination will be
held as per the schedule followed last year.

Last week, the teachers representatives had met the
VC for over two hours, in what they described as a good
gesture by the latter who listened to their views.

However, despite the meeting which many saw as a
positive step, there is still no movement towards the
resolution of the bitter dispute.

"We have already welcomed the new Vice Chancellor`s
overtures and his move to start negotiations, but we want to
make it clear that threats of punitive measures like wage cuts
will not affect us," a DUTA member said.

He said the teachers will not cooperate in proposed
measures to sign attendance registers or undertakings for teaching in the semester mode.

PTI