Semester system: HC seeks response from DU, VC on plea
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Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2011, 00:47
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response of Delhi University and the Vice Chancellor on a plea challenging its decision to implement semester system for the under-graduate level courses in the Arts stream from the academic year 2011-2012.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notices to the University, VC and the UGC on a plea by a group of teachers seeking quashing of the April 19 notification to introduce the semester system for the undergraduate courses in the Arts stream from coming academic session.

The University's counsel argued before the court that the teachers have been still protesting near the VC's office against the implementation of semester system despite the court's order not to resort to any such demonstration.

Countering the allegation, the counsel for the teachers submitted that they have been protesting peacefully.

The court asked the teachers not to go for any kind of protest when the matter is under court's consideration.

Seeking to roll back the semester system introduced by the university and to follow the annual system as the mode of teaching, the lawyer argued that there was a need for a transparent procedure in which the teachers, students union and the experts should be consulting before taking any such step.

According to the petitioner, following the notification various committees have held the meetings without giving any time to the members to even study the items on the agenda.

The petitioners also sought an order declaring the emergency power of the VC as illegal.

A petition filed by the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) challenging the implementation of semester system for undergraduate students has been pending before the court since last year.

Following a letter from the University Grant Commission (UGC) on March 21, 2010, DU has implemented the semester system for undergraduate students in Science stream.


First Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 00:47

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