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Students at Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) are in a scramble. Their exams start on Thursday but the MA Political Science students got the datesheet only on Monday. Last year, too, students had got their datesheets just four days before the exams.
The students have now written to the Delhi University vice-chancellor demanding that the exams be postponed.
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“Students of MA (Political Science) are panicking since their exams are set to begin from November 24 and they have no time to prepare. The students had earlier met SOL authorities seeking to get their exams rescheduled… It should be noted that in the past years too, SOL had caused trouble for students by announcing such untimely datesheets, and a consequence of which many students had failed. This decision again reveals the ad-hoc nature of SOL administration and its apathetic attitude towards students,” a statement issued by the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, a student group, said.
The students are planning to start an agitation if their demands are not met by the authorities.
Examination datesheets of regular students are usually declared three to four weeks in advance.
According to SOL director CS Dubey, the examination datesheet is set by the academic department and finalised by the university examination branch.
Dean, examination, Vinay Gupta, said the university’s academic calendar, released in July, says that exams will begin on November 24. “This information is publicly available and all students should be aware of this,” he said. Students, however, said the academic calendar does not mention the subject-wise datesheet, which prevents them from preparing accordingly.
“If that is the case, why does the university release the datesheet for regular students a month in advance? Students are rarely aware of the academic calendar and have a vague idea that exams start in November. Does this mean it is acceptable to release the subject specific datesheet three days before the exam?” said Tarun Singh, a student at the School of Open Learning, said.
According to officials, there are close to 12,000 students at the postgraduate level at SOL, out of which about 300 are doing an MA in political science.