Delhi University’s Academic Council (AC) on Monday night passed all courses of study under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) to be implemented from this year, amid protest from almost all elected members of the committee.
The courses were passed with a 79 to 22 majority, of which all 22 were elected members whereas the others were either appointed ex-officio members or principals and HoDs called by rotation. Protests erupted at the meeting when the syllabus of Maths was being discussed. Eighteen of the 22 elected members decided to organise a sit-in at the venue.
While the university claimed that the courses were passed by a “huge majority” and with the cooperation of many teachers who followed “proper procedures”, DUTA and elected members of the AC claimed that the administration “bulldozed the CBCS syllabi with impunity”.
“A heartwarming feature of this entire exercise is that teachers of the University of Delhi have cooperated in large numbers with the framing of the courses of study and through their respective departments and proper procedures have been followed by these departments and by their respective affiliating faculties,” read a press statement issued by Registrar Tarun Kumar Das.
However, AC member Rudrashish Chakraborty claimed neither the framing of courses nor the conduct of the meeting was as per proper procedures. “Firstly, they did not inform us about the meeting seven days in advance and did not even give us printouts of the syllabi. It was mailed to us till the last moment in the form of annexures. They also refused to allow the zero-hour despite the fact that the last AC meeting was held in February,” he said.
HC reserves order on plea
The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its verdict on a number of petitions filed by students of other state education boards, who have challenged a notification of Delhi University (DU) for calculating cutoffs and have sought a uniform admission system.
“Arguments heard. Judgment reserved,” Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said. The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by students from Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana state boards, who faced a deduction of 10 per cent in their best-of-four marks at the time of cutoff calculations. ENS