The semester mode is not the only change that Delhi University will witness this year.
Marking of scripts (answer sheets) will also be done in a different manner from the coming academic year.
In a bid to make marking of scripts “more efficient and fairer”, the university is set to introduce distributed marking for each script.
Under the new system, four examiners will check each answer script at a centralised facility. If there are 16 questions in the paper, for example, one examiner will correct the first four questions in every script, the second examiner will correct the next four and so on. The same evaluator will check the same set of questions in every answer script.
“This system is more efficient and fair. The marks obtained through this system will reflect more accurately the students’ performance,” said Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor, Delhi University.
Under the current system, a single examiner checks one answer script. In case the paper is interdisciplinary, two different course teachers check the script. The main examiner then goes through answer sheets to make sure there are no errors. Recounting is also done. The introduction of the new system will be part of the latest transformation at DU. Changes included revision of courses in the last few years, introduction of the semester system in all courses and future plans to give more autonomy to all colleges under the university.
“It is a far more focussed approach for teachers and this will help make the long process of marking answer scripts quicker and easier. It will also benefit the students,” he added.