Delhi University to seek opinion of affiliated colleges on semester system


New Delhi : The Academic Council of Delhi University has decided to seek opinion of its affiliated colleges before taking a decision on introducing semester-based examination system at undergraduate level and starting integrated four-year dual degree courses.

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DU has decided to write to the principals of all 80 colleges asking them to discuss the matter in their respective staff councils, said Rajeev Verma of Satyavati College, who is a member of the 160-member Academic Council, after a meeting of the council last night.

Verma said the university has presented a concept paper for the introduction of semester system for UG courses. The concept paper asked for increasing the number of the teachers to deal with the new system.

Several members moved a resolution to forward the matter to the staff council of the colleges for wider and detailed discussion.

They said the colleges should be taken on board as the system is to be introduced at UG level, which is mainly their domain.

The university has already introduced semester system in the postgraduate courses. Now it will be implemented for undergraduates by 2010. Such a system is there in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), BITS (Pilani) and the IITs, wherein students study new courses every semester.

The Academic Council decided to continue discussion on the four-year dual degree programme. The integrated course will help students to master two subjects.

A few members from Delhi University Teachers’ Association expressed unhappiness over the UGC-Pay Review Committee recommendations for pay scale of varsity teachers.

On this, Vice Chancellor Prof Deepak Pental asked them to give proposals and suggestions which the university will forward to the HRD Ministry.