After students and teachers raised concerns over the ‘faulty’ grading system under the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS), which resulted in many first-year students protesting over their low grades, Delhi University (DU) has finally proposed changes in the computation of grades under CBCS.
The changes proposed by the university were taken up at a meeting of a committee set up to look into the CBCS grading system after the first semester examinations.
In February, many first year students, particularly from the science discipline, had complained about their grades suffering due to relative marking — a system whereby students’ grades are dependent not by their individual marks, but by their performance in relation to that of other students’.
Most students of Mathematics and Economics, for instance, had alleged that they scored a ‘B’ or ‘B+’ with almost no one getting an ‘O’ (outstanding).
While broadly following the UGC formulae, the university has suggested some changes to make it easier for students to achieve the ‘O’ grade. The UGC formulae uses the mean score and fixed multiples of the standard deviation to assign the score range for each grade.
“The committee constituted by the vice-chancellor to look into various aspects related to the examination under CBCS held its meeting and has suggested some changes regarding computation of grades,” reads an official notification from the university. “We have invited observations and suggestions from the university community at large on the proposed changes. We will be accepting these till April 15,” said J M Khurana, Dean of Students’ Welfare.
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