DU decision on marks deduction discriminatory: CBSE

Delhi University has decided to deduct 2.5 per cent from aggregate of aspirants with Informatics Practices in their class XII exams.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2014 4:49 pm
CBSE treats all the courses of computer stream such as Computer Science and Informatics Practices on par with elective subjects. ( Source: PTI ) CBSE treats all the courses of computer stream such as Computer Science and Informatics Practices on par with elective subjects. ( Source: PTI )

CBSE has described as “unfair” and “discriminatory” Delhi University’s decision to deduct 2.5 per cent from the aggregate marks of those aspirants of the four-year under graduate course who had opted for Informatics Practices as an elective subject in their class XII exams.

Taking strong exception to the DU guidelines for admission into undergraduate programme, the Central Board of Secondary Education has sought review of the decision and accord same advantage to those who had opted for Informatics Practices.

In its admission guidelines, the DU has said the students who had chosen Informatics Practices in class XII tend to lose 2.5 per cent from the percentage aggregate marks for admission into FYUP.

In a letter to DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi asked the university to review the decision saying a large number of students will be at
disadvantageous position in the admission process as they have become aware of the decision at a very “late stage”.

Joshi said CBSE treats all the courses of computer stream such as Computer Science and Informatics Practices on par with elective subjects.

“In this regard, CBSE would like to express its concern that it would be really unfair, unjustified and discriminatory for students who have studied Informatics Practices instead of
Computer Science to be put at a disadvantage by reducing 2.5 per cent marks from the percentage aggregate marks,” Joshi said.

Seeking review of the decision by the University, the CBSE chairman also suggested that a team of experts may be asked to examine contents of both the courses.

“In absence of any discrimination by the CBSE between these courses, it is imperative that the course contents may kindly be examined by a team of experts and both the courses may please be treated at par so that students who have studied Informatics Practices are not discriminated against at the time of admission,” he said.

Joshi mentioned that such a rule did not exist when the students chose the subject. “Academically and administratively, this seems like a gross injustice.”

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    Monica
    Jun 7, 2014 at 5:12 am
    Excluding subject of Informatic Practices from the list of Academic/Electives through Delhi University's 12th May communication is both ad-hoc and irrational. This guideline of DU means that the students who opted Informatic Practices from cl XI will lose 2.5% marks from Cl XII Board results and cannot opt for B Tech Computers,Reasons for compelling reasons for DU to restore Informatic Practices subject in the Academic/electives are many:1. On the basis of CBSE Curriculum categorising Computer Science/Informatic Practices as one subject and both being in the list of CBSE's Academic/electives; two years ago many students across the country opted for Iinformatic Practices. DU cannot impose change on what students opted for two years ago just before 2 weeks of starting admissions for FYUP 2014,2. Both subjects have IDENTICAL Competency Development objectives, CS covers C and IP Java. Hence these are actually no two different subjects and CBSE Curriculum also says that students can opt either or. 3. Even till last year ie the first year of FYUP ie in 2013, subject of IP was in the category of Academic/elective and discretion was given to the college under DU. Many colleges like Gargi, LSR, Janki Devi etc,4. CBSE chairman has also pointed out that DU cannot discriminate between the two subjects and termed the guideline as unfair and discriminatory and asked them to restore parity and include both in the category of Academic/Electives.5. Exclusion of IP from the list is against the stated objective of FYUP to be forward looking and progressive and importance of IP is therefore very paramount for creating sound foundation.Apart from DU, hardly any other University/College across India has taken the subject of IP of CBSE out of Acadmic/Electives.So, overall DU has bered and must correct itself without any delay.
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