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
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
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.