DU academic council okays changes in four-year programme

In the earlier scheme,35 marks had been allotted for internal assessment while the end-of-semester exam carried 40 marks.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 20, 2013 1:01 am

Giving a go-ahead for further changes in the four-year undergraduate programme,Delhi University’s statutory bodies met over the weekend and approved changes in the evaluation of the foundation courses with a few elected members voicing their dissent.

Under the four-year programme,students have to take 11 compulsory foundation courses ranging from science and life,building mathematical ability,information technology,Indian history and culture,language,literature and creativity.

In the earlier scheme,35 marks had been allotted for internal assessment while the end-of-semester exam carried 40 marks.

However,the university has decided to change the evaluation pattern — allotting 55 marks to internal assessment and 20 to the end-of-semester exam,Rajesh Jha,an Academic Council member who teaches at Rajdhani College,said.

Pointing to the problems that the change in evaluation system would entail,Amitava Chakravorty,one of the members in the Academic Council who gave their dissent,said,“This will put the credibility of the university into question. When you have a large portion of the marks allotted to internal assessment,there is a scope for discrimination.”

Five members mainly dissented with the change in evaluation system for foundation courses,point system for appointment and evaluation of teachers and the manner in which the meeting was conducted.

“We feel that the change in evaluation pattern will erode the credibility and objectivity of the examination system. The foundation courses form a substantial chunk of marks in the four year course. The move will also have tremendous logistical and infrastructural ramifications. It points towards the gradual autonomy of colleges,” Rudrashish Chakraborty,another AC member who gave his dissent,said.

Another issue raised in the meetings included the absence of tutorials for minor discipline papers. Apart from the main discipline in which students enrol themselves,they are also required to choose one or two minor disciplines in the second year.

“The minutes of earlier meetings which had come for approval today did not show tutorials for Discipline II courses. We raised the issue in the meeting but no changes were made,” Chakraborty said.

Members also said the agenda papers which members received prior to the meeting did not include changes in the foundation course evaluation,the issue was brought to the table only during the meeting.

Most elected members also cried foul over the manner in which the meeting was concluded. “It is upsetting that the Vice-Chancellor and his team walked out of the meeting,stating everything on the agenda to be passed. There was hardly any discussion on the various points under the service conditions of teachers,” Chakraborty said.

One of the points on which most elected members expressed their reservation was with regard to students’ feedback and promotion of teachers. “We felt that keeping in mind the situation,it wasn’t the right time to give weightage to student’s evaluation of teachers,” Jha said.

Other decisions taken in the meeting include the approval for three new MA courses — MA Chinese,MA Korean and MA life-long learning and extension. The Academic Council also approved the change of Ram Lal Anand (Evening) College to a morning college — Aryabhatt College.

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