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Shaswati Das Shaswati Das, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 07, 2013
Skyrocketing marks or plunging scores may soon be a thing of the past for students of Delhi University (DU).

To ensure that its results are fair and balanced, the varsity's exam branch has decided to enquire from individual colleges about the details of evaluators in order to ensure that no glitches occur in the evaluation process.

“To ensure that the evaluation process has happened smoothly and no irregularities have taken place, we are taking stock of the situation and asking colleges to let us know who had gone for evaluation,” said a senior DU official.

"If some teachers have checked fewer papers than they had been assigned, we will seek a response on the matter. We are doing this because we are trying to ensure that evaluation is as fair as possible," the official added.

Colleges have been quick to respond to the situation and have asked their teachers to respond soon, sources said.

"We have got the relevant forms from the administration and have circulated it amongst the teachers. They will now have to fill it up and specify as to how many papers they have corrected and if in any case they have checked fewer papers, they need to write the reason as well. Once this is done, we will send it to the exam branch," said IS Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.

However, teachers are unhappy with the move, saying that had evaluation been irregular, the declaration of results would not have been smooth.

"We don't know why the exam branch is seeking this information again because all the coordinators have this information already. Had teachers been irregular, the exam results wouldn't have come out within three weeks. This is just harassment for teachers because it doesn't make sense to repeatedly provide the same information," said Abha Dev Habib, professor of physics, Miranda House.

At the same time, students welcomed the move saying that a mechanism must be in place to check the imbalance in results.

"It is ridiculous how there are ups and downs in the results. Either students get 100 or they do badly collectively. It's a good thing that finally DU keeping a check on teachers," said a student of Hansraj College.