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Exams coming, Stephen's cancels assembly

They're praying for time but have done away with the morning assembly. Semester exams begin November 23 and St Stephen's College has put the morning assembly - one of its most enduring traditions - on hold.

delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2011 01:10 IST
Mallica Joshi

They're praying for time but have done away with the morning assembly. Semester exams begin November 23 and St Stephen's College has put the morning assembly - one of its most enduring traditions - on hold.

Mandatory for all first year students, the assembly has been cancelled to give teachers the option of holding extra classes to complete the syllabus. It'll resume with the new term.

"Almost all teachers are taking extra classes and are scrambling to complete the syllabus," said Nandita Narain, who teaches mathematics at Stephen's.

She didn't let her students go home for October break and has been taking classes even on Sundays for the last one month.

"Yet the syllabus is far from done."

Students as well as teachers are logging extra hours in other colleges as well.

Three months after he joined college, Dhruv Khurrana, 18, says he is a nervous wreck.

"The exams are less than two weeks away but there is just too much to do," Khurrana, a first year BCom (honours) student at Sri Venkateswara College said.

Some teachers have asked students to skip parts of the course as they "aren't important and will not be included in the question papers".

The problem is the way the course has been split, say teachers.

"Papers that were taught over a year were crammed into a four-month-long semester," said a teacher at Lady Shri Ram College, who didn't wish to be identified.