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`Not all DU colleges to implement semester system`

Not all the colleges of Delhi University will be able to implement the semester system this year as resistance continues from some quarters against the step, Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental indicated today.



New Delhi: Not all the colleges of Delhi
University will be able to implement the semester system this
year as resistance continues from some quarters against the
step, Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental indicated today.

However, the system is in all likelihood to become
universal in the University from the next academic session
given that it is mandated by University Grants Commission, he
said.

"... that the semester system might be partial this
year, is true. Its a large university, there are multiple
players, and it requires a lot of collective work, and we
already have tempers high on the campus," Pental told
reporters here today.

At a press conference to announce the admission
schedule, which has been preponed this year, he said the
University has to put the best for its students without
overburdening teachers unnecessarily.

"We have to look at the issue (of semester) from the
perspective of the welfare of students. We will have to
implement it anyhow by 2011, as it is mandated by the UGC and
is a government directive," he said.

The proposal to implement the semester system has
already been cleared by the Executive Council and Academic
Council, but it has met with resistance from a section of
teachers.

"We have put a lot of efforts, though some are bogged
down, but we can encourage colleges, a diktat cannot be
issued," the VC said, adding "it is a drastic change, there is
no in-between arrangement".

The administration, meanwhile, announced that it will
begin the process of admissions for the 54,000 seats in its
colleges from May 28 this year.

The University has added 5,000 seats to its last
year`s kitty of 49,000, completing the process of
implementation of the 27 per cent OBC quota.
The University started increasing the number of seats
in 2006-07 in three phases, by 18 per cent each year, and has
achieved the 54 per cent increase needed to achieve the 27 per
cent quota this year.

Through the mechanism, the University has increased
the number of seats for reserved categories while keeping the
number of general seats at the same number.

In line with a directive of Supreme Court issued last
year, the University again plans to throw open the leftover
seats in the OBC category to students of general categories.
Some seats in the reserved categories have been left
vacant in the past two years, officials said.

PTI

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