Taking cognisance of the large number of representations received by it from both students and teachers, Delhi University has decided to restart re-evaluation of answersheets, and to also re-admit students who failed in the first year of the erstwhile four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) ‘due to various reasons’.
“The re-evaluation of answersheets, which had become infructuous because of introduction of checking of answersheets by multiple examiners, will be reverted back and the answersheets will be examined by single examiner. The procedure and guidelines will be laid down by DU,” the notification released by the university states.
DU had scrapped re-evaluation when it introduced the semester system in two years ago. However, the university had said it would continue with re-checking of answerscripts, that implied only a ‘re-totalling of marks’, prompting student and teacher bodies to criticise the decision.
“Re-checking was merely re-totalling of marks. Due to this, thousands of students had been suffering. The university argued that rechecking would be better since the answersheets would be evaluated by three teachers, but the reality was that the three teachers usually divided papers amongst themselves and no section of the paper was evaluated twice. We had been campaigning against this, and we are glad that the university has finally listened to the voice of the students,” Saket Bahuguna, Delhi state secretary, ABVP, said.
The university has also decided to re-admit students who failed in the first year of FYUP.
“The attendance of such students will be counted from the date of their admission. The students who had failed in the first year but were erroneously admitted to the second year will be admitted to the first year and the fees already collected from them will be adjusted,” the notification adds.
However, the students will have to sign an undertaking stating that they would not claim for any loss of teaching, and that they would make up for the courses already convened by themselves.
“Last week, ABVP and DUSU had held a protest for re-evaluation of answersheets and giving special chance to students. The administration had assured us that it would issue a notification soon. Hundreds of students will benefit from both these decisions,” Rohit Chahal, national secretary, ABVP, said.
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