Delhi University notification illegal, allege teachers

M.Com. students of Delhi University enrolled in South Campus colleges may now have to attend classes on the North Campus while attending their tutorial classes in the colleges where they are enrolled.

A notification from the DU Registrar dated July 1 states that the teaching of M.Com. will be integrated at the Department of Commerce on the North Campus from the upcoming academic year.

As a result, M.Com. will not be taught at the South Campus teaching unit of the Commerce Department and staff members posted at the South Campus teaching unit stand merged with the Commerce Department on the North Campus.

Academics for Action and Development, a group of teachers in the university, said at a press conference that the notification is illegal.

DU Academic Council member and AAD member J. Khuntia said: “This poses a real problem for students enrolled in South Campus colleges. They will have to commute all the way to north campus to attend their classes.”

“The Faculty of Commerce building in the North Campus is holding classes for the Masters of International Business and Master of Human Resource Development programmes. Where is the space to hold classes for an additional 254 students of north campus and 123 from South Campus?” he asked.

According to AAD, the notification is illegal as it violates the rules mentioned in the prospectus for M.Com. admission. It is allegedly also in violation of the University of Delhi Act 31(I) (iii) and is supposedly illegal since the merger has taken place without a legitimate ordinance adopted by the Academic Council.

According to Mr. Khuntia, the AC had also in 1993 decided not to discontinue M.Com. on the south campus under any circumstances.