Jaitley requests govt to defer DU move

Jaitley requests govt to defer DU move

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley has written a letter to Human Resource Development Minister Pallam Raju requesting him to defer Delhi University’s plan to switchover to a four year bachelor’s course from the present three-year format till a consensus is achieved over the issue.

Jaitley, also Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, in his Tuesday’s letter said that apart from holding discussion within the university, there is also a need for a new curriculum content deliberation among various faculties and departments.

Jaitley wrote: “Ordinarily it is the discretion of the academic community to decide the duration of its course. Many like me would respect the decision of the academic community. However, in the present instance I am constrained to observed that adequate and extensive discussion within the university has not been held while deciding to switchover to a four-year course.”

The senior lawyer said he was influenced to write the letter after various delegations of the university faculty met him and argued against the shift.

He also raised the issue that the impact of moving on to the new academic format “in terms of the socio-economic realties of India has not been factored” in.

The university plans to switchover to the new format from the new academic session.
Besides, Jaitley also wondered why the new format is being introduced only in one university and does not apply to other institutions.

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