DU approves CBCS courses in Executive Council disregarding teacher’s dissent

The Delhi University approved 100 courses of study under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the ensuing academic session on Tuesday in its Executive Council despite a section of the teachers raising allegations of it being a violation of statutory norms.

Academic Council (AC) and the Executive Council (EC) are the statuary bodies of DU and getting the syllabi for the proposed courses approved in the councils is one of the hugest hurdle legally faced by the varsity in the process of the implementation of the CBCS .

The protests were regarded as a reporting item and discussions were prohibited.

Chaos had ensued in the AC meeting with a few members jumping in protestation against the CBCS implementation but the courses had been approved with majority of 79 out of 101 members.

The EC too approved the courses after which they will be presented before the University Court and sent to President Pranab Mukherjee who is the university visitor for his approval. The teachers who raised allegations and expressed their dissent claimed that the matter was placed as reporting item and discussion was prohibited on the issue which is a violation of the statutory norm.

Abha Dev Habib, an EC member claimed that “The imposition of syllabi made by the UGC, whether with 20 per cent or 30 per cent variation allowed, was in conflict with the Delhi University Act which empowers the University statutory bodies for this purpose. The manner in which an academically dubious scheme is being bulldozed in the varsity signals a move towards another FYUP episode”

The Members of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) too staged a protest outside the Vice Chancellors office when the two meeting were in progress .However turning a deaf ear to it the University authorities however maintain that the varsity doesn’t foresee any issues in the implementation of the CBCS from the ensuing academic session and claiming that all the decisions have been approved  by the majority and are in sync with the varsity norms.

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