The officer bearers of DUTA and the newly appointed VC, Dinesh Singh, met last Thursday to discuss the impasse regarding implementation of semester system in the 13 undergraduate science courses. The DUTA members said the meeting was an indication towards an early resolution. Vice Chancellor Singh also maintained that though there might not be any substantial development to speak about at the moment, the fact that a process of dialogue between the university and the DUTA members has begun is a positive development.
Teachers have been protesting against semesters for a variety of reasons. One of their concerns has been the declaration of results in time if exams are to be conducted every six months. According to Professor Dinesh Singh, teachers need not worry about it as the automation process of the entire examination system is already under way. In fact, Singh said that he was himself supervising the automation process. Some part of it is expected to be implemented in the postgraduate courses by this December itself. Singh said, ”We will take care of the results. Teachers will just have to grade the scripts. I have all faith in them.” He added, ”Everything will be available online and the marksheets would be printed automatically.”
Every academic detail of each student will be available in an online database by next year. It’s a part of the ongoing Student Lifecycle Management (SLCM) programme under which students will be given a unique identification number that can be used to access all background information. ”Once the process is automated, the assessment will become much faster. Teachers will just have to check the scripts and award marks. Things like writing or typing names, numbers and other information will not be required. The university will just need a day or two to declare results,” a DU official said.