VC invites agitating DU teachers for talks
New Delhi: In a bid to end the stand-off
with members of the Academic Council, Delhi University Vice
Chancellor Deepak Pental has invited the agitating teachers
Members of the Academic Council are on a sit-in at the
the office of the VC since May 13 against what they call a
unilateral imposition of semester-based syllabi in 12
undergraduate courses of the science department.
The sit-in started after a special meeting of the AC
on Thursday approved the revised syllabi of the courses to be
implemented from session 2010-2011.
The protesters are demanding that the VC assures them
that the decision would be reviewed and not imposed in a hurry
and without debate and discussion.
Terming the entire episode as "most unfortunate,"
Pental said he had asked the agitating AC members to meet him
"It is not about the semester or revision of syllabi,
its about the larger interest of the students and teachers. I
have invited them to meet me at 3.30 pm, though I am yet to
get a response from them," Pental said.
The AC members, who have been demanding that the VC
return to the meeting venue to hold talks them, indicated that
they took the development positively.
"At least he has agreed to meet us," said Prof J
Khuntia, a member of the Academic Council.
"We are yet to take a final call on the meeting, but
after all we are for dialogue to resolve the issue," he said.
Khuntia, however, said the members were unhappy with
the Vice Chancellor "bracketing" them with other political
groups on the campus.
"In his letter to us, he has alleged that we are
acting on outside influence, which is not true. We are
independent and responsible elected members of the AC and we
are pained by this allegation," he said.
The agitation had started soon after the Academic
Council meeting on May 13 during which, as claimed by AC
members, Pental refused a debate on the revised syllabi of 12
courses and got it approved without any discussion.
AC members said they want the minutes of the faculty
and general body meetings that framed the revised syllabi to
be put on record to know who has actually framed the syllabus
of the semester courses that was approved that day.
The VC, however, said these were "delaying tactics".
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