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Varsity relents on re-evaluation call

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 10, 2012
First Published: 23:59 IST(10/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:00 IST(11/12/2012)

Delhi University will not go ahead with its controversial decision to do away with the system of re-assessment of answer scripts for now.

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The decision comes after reports that a section of teachers was deliberately marking students poorly to prove that the new system of evaluation was a failure.

“Several reports suggested that some teachers were not marking the students fairly. Since we don’t want them to suffer, the re-assessment system will stay,” a varsity source said.

Dinesh Singh, the DU vice-chancellor, has spoken out against the practice of re-assessment.

The new system of evaluation, where three teachers take turns to correct one answer script, was also brought in to ensure that the assessment was fair and there was no need for re-evaluation.

The new evaluation system had evoked mixed response. While some teachers claimed that it resulted in chaos at evaluation centres, others said the process was smooth.

A few of the teachers had also sported black bands while marking copies to protest the new policy.

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association and Delhi University Students’ Union had hit out at the decision, calling it “disastrous” for students. 

This latest development has brought relief to thousands of students. “It was bad enough that the re-assessment fee was increased by R750 to R1,000. Doing away with the whole process would have been disastrous for students because there are several mistakes in the results,” said Sandesh Sharma, a student at Kirori Mal College.

Varsity officials, however, claimed they had received no communication saying that the re-assessment process has been withdrawn.

“While there were concrete plans to do away with the system, no official communication about it has been sent to anybody. We have had discussions with many stakeholders and have come to the decision that till the time the new system is integrated properly, the re-assessment system will remain,” said a senior DU official.


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