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DU principals raise problem of absent teachers with VC

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Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, Mr. Dinesh Singh, convened a meeting with the college principals on Monday. In their meeting with the vice-chancellor, they expressed their concern about teachers' absenteeism and the general deterioration of the academic atmosphere in Delhi University. The VC, in the first of the three meetings, met principals of colleges in north and east Delhi, a meeting which lasted nearly five hours. While the VC reiterated the university's commitment for more transparency in governance, completion of the semester system at the undergraduate level and improving the infrastructure of colleges, the principals urged administrative intervention to restore the academic atmosphere of the university and its colleges. A common concern has been that of absenteeism and the university administration has promised to address the issue on an urgent basis. According to the principal of Kirori Mal College, Bhim Sen Singh, “It is heartening to know that the new VC's immediate concern is to restore the academic atmosphere of the colleges and the university which has been adversely affected due to the recent disruptions. As college principals we also extend our support to the new initiatives he has announced. We also extend our support to the new administration as it is going to complete the implementation of the semester system from July 2011.” Another 25 principals from west Delhi colleges will be interacting with the VC on Tuesday.

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