Staff Reporter

Concern over revision of mathematics syllabus

The Front seeks wider discussion on the matter

Empowered Committee denies allegations

NEW DELHI: The Democratic Teachers’ Front has expressed concern over the manner in which Delhi University ordinances and rules have been “bypassed” in revising the syllabus of the under-graduate honours programme in mathematics.

“At a meeting of the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs held on Thursday, a proposal for fusing and revising the syllabi of B.A. (Hons) and B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics was passed by the majority with the dissent of the DTF member Rajib Ray despite the fact that the procedure for such revision had been flouted. The Empowered Committee constituted by Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental to prepare this proposal has no legal sanctity,” alleged DTF president Shaswati Mazumdar in a statement.

“It is unfortunate that though it was agreed that the proposed course would not start from this academic session, there was a complete refusal to take the proposal back to the Committee of Courses as demanded by Dr. Ray,” she added.

The DTF has urged the Academic Council to send the proposal back for a “wider discussion” involving the general body of teachers of mathematics, the Committee of Courses and the Faculty of Mathematics.

The Delhi University Mathematics Teachers’ Association has also been alleging that Prof. Pental had “bypassed all statutes, ordinances and norms in order to try and push through the new syllabus”.

A member of the Empowered Committee, however, denied the allegations . “We had convened a meeting of the Committee of Courses and the Faculty of Mathematics together and the proposal was unanimously passed by them.”