‘It is being done in undue haste in an undemocratic manner'

At a meeting of Delhi University English teachers called to revise the English syllabus for B.A. Programme, some teachers refused to be part of the process to form subcommittees for revision and bifurcation of the syllabus.

However, English Department Head Prof. Sumanyu Satpathy said: “Thirty or forty teachers from different colleges have volunteered to be part of the process of formation of sub-committees to revise the syllabus for the semester system. There is only a small group of teachers resisting the process and who questioned the validity of the process.”

Different teachers are reported to have expressed their preferences to be on different subcommittees.

Academic Council member and English teacher Tamal Dasgupta, who was present at the meeting, said: “Teachers resisted the move as they felt that the process was being done in undue haste in an undemocratic manner. Teachers also demanded that the undergraduate Committee of Courses for English be reconstituted as the original committee which passed the semester system was not constituted as per norms.”

Question of propriety

The Joint Action Body, a group of teachers which is resisting the manner of implementation of the semester system, said English teachers from Ramjas College, Bhimrao Ambedkar College, St. Stephen's College, Indraprastha College for Women, Miranda House, Dyal Singh College, Hindu College, S.G.T.B. Khalsa College and Kamala Nehru College did not attend the meeting and wrote in to raise the “question of the propriety of undertaking syllabus revision when there is no structure for such syllabus revision that has been ratified by the Academic Council or the Executive Council”.

The English Department was urged to uphold the resolutions of the English general body meeting which had rejected the semester system.

The Joint Action Body also said that the Economics departments of Hindu College, Kirori Mal College and Ramjas College have submitted letters of protest against the method of implementation of the semester system.

Economics teachers have also made calls for a General Body meeting to discuss the matter.

Semester system

Meanwhile, a group of students under the banner of “DU Semester Forum” are pressing for swift implementation of the semester system. The forum has argued that since semester system exists at the postgraduate level, it should also be introduced at the undergraduate level.