STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 11 July
Stating that it’s the job of educational experts to decide whether a particular educational system is better, the Delhi High Court today dismissed two petitions challenging the implementation of semester system in undergraduate courses of Delhi University for academic Year 2010-11.
The Bench of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Veena Birbal dismissed the two petitions moved by Delhi University Teachers Association and a teacher of Delhi University, Nandini Dutta.
"We have consciously not been drawn into the debate as to whether the semester system is more appropriate than the annual system or vice-versa. The reason for this is clear… The courts are ill-equipped to comment on such matters or arrive at value judgments… These are matters for experts in the field of education. We have examined the matters from the stand point of law and have reached the conclusion that the writ petitions are liable to be dismissed," said the bench in its 88-page judgement.
The petitioners had sought a direction to Delhi University to roll back/ discontinue the semester system and to follow the annual system which was earlier being followed.
The HC, however, directed the university to publish the amendments to the ordinances, brought to implement the semester system, in the official gazette at the earliest.
The petitioner had contented that in the 5 June, 2009 meeting, no resolution was passed with regard to introduction of the semester system to be introduced at the undergraduate level from academic session 2010-11 and the resolution was not put to vote.
The court held that the contention is belied by the record placed before it. Also, HC held as valid the resolution of the DU Executive Council to the effect that the semester system be introduced at the undergraduate level.