Se­ri­ous about semesters

As the first se­mes­ter draws to a close, DU stu­dents are mak­ing it a point to at­tend classes reg­u­larly and spend­ing Satur­days in li­braries

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

Delhi Univer­sity shifted to a com­plete se­mes­ter mode a few months back, break­ing away from the decades-old an­nual exam sys­tem. As the first se­mes­ter draws to an end in Novem­ber, col­lege prin­ci­pals tell us how they are help­ing stu­dents cope with it.

“Stu­dents in our col­lege are still com­ing to terms with the new sys­tem. Classes are be­ing held reg­u­larly as they will have to ap­pear for four pa­pers in ev­ery se­mes­ter as com- pared to just five an­nu­ally. In­ter­nal as­sess­ment and class as­sign­ments are also be­ing taken care of,” says Ra­jen­dra Ku­mar, vice-prin­ci­pal, Sri Venkateswara Col­lege.

Hindu Col­lege stu­dents are not as re­laxed as they were last year. “They are mak­ing a dili­gent ef­fort not to miss any lec­tures. Teach­ers are leav­ing no stone un­turned in fin­ish­ing the syl­labi. We have cut down on the fes­tiv­i­ties, lec­tures and sem­i­nars to de­vote more time for com­ple­tion of cour­ses,” says prin­ci­pal VK Sri­vas­tava. Also, for the first time in the his­tory of the col­lege, the li­brary stays open even on Satur­days to en­able stu­dents to ac­cess books and read­ing ma­te­rial. “We are also plan­ning to con­duct ex­tra classes to help stu­dents keep pace with the top­ics cov­ered in class, es­pe­cially for those who have been ad­mit­ted un­der the ECA quota re­cently,” Sri­vas­tava adds.

The se­mes­ter sys­tem, says Mi­randa House prin­ci­pal Prat­i­bha Jolly, has been well­re­ceived by the stu­dents. “Cop­ing with two sys­tems at the same time is a tough task but we have man­aged to do well with both the an­nual exam mode and the se­mes­ter sys­tem. Our cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and flag­ship events have fit­ted in well with the new timetable. “Events such as the Indo-Dutch col­lab­o­ra­tive work­shop are be­ing planned care­fully around the house and se­mes­ter ex­ams to en­sure stu­dents are not dis­turbed.” Cit­ing an ex­am­ple, Jolly says: “This year, the fresh­ers’ party in­volv­ing 22 de­part­ments of the col­lege was held on a sin­gle day in­stead of be­ing stag­gered over sev­eral days to com­plete the syl­labi well in time be­fore the se­mes­ter ended.”

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