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HindustanTimes Thu,24 Apr 2014

No more second chances as DU does away with revaluation

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 20, 2013
First Published: 00:18 IST(20/10/2013) | Last Updated: 00:22 IST(20/10/2013)

In a decision that’s sure to rile students, the Delhi University has finally done away with the process of revaluation of answer scripts.

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This means students will no longer be allowed to approach the university for grievance redressal if they think they deserve more marks in a particular paper. Around 15,000-20,000 students apply for revaluation each semester, according to teachers.

A notification issued by the dean (examination) on Friday states, “In semester mode of undergraduate courses where answer scripts are valued by joint examiners, there shall not be revaluation facilities with effect from the examination to be held in November and December 2013.”

The reference to joint examiners comes from a change introduced last year by DU in its examination and evaluation pattern. Under the new system, three teachers check one answer script. But the three look at separate sections of an answer script, which means there is no cross-checking.

“The three teachers evaluate different parts of the script. The chance of making a mistake is still there. Revaluation is a right the students have earned over the years and a number of times, students’ marks are increased. This new rule is very unfair,” said Nandita Narain, president, Delhi University Teachers’ Association.

Senior DU officials, however, insisted the chances of making an evaluation mistake under this system were very low.

University sources pointed out that revaluation was putting a lot of pressure on the examination branch that is already working overtime under the semester system.

Before doing away with the process completely, DU had last year raised the revaluation fee to a steep Rs. 1,000 per script. And in 2010, teachers had predicted the system would be scrapped soon.

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