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Answer sheets vanish from DU exam dept

delhi Updated: Aug 06, 2011 01:32 IST
Shaswati Das

Students of Delhi University’s (DU) Janki Devi Memorial College were in for a shock, after the examination department of the university misplaced 20 answer scripts, belonging to the students of BA (hons) Sociology.

The 20 students, who had taken up the second year exams, were informed by DU that the answer scripts of the paper, ‘Sociology of contemporary India,’ had been misplaced and students were required to re-take the exam in order to be marked.

August 19 has been fixed as the new date for the students, to reappear for the examination. Students, who have been at the receiving end of this, have been protesting against the university’s callousness in the matter.

“Have the papers just vanished? There is no transparency at all in this system. The university and the college think that they can get away by just notifying us of this development. At the end of the day, we are the ones who have to face the consequences and not the authorities,” said a student on the condition of anonymity.

While the college claims that the packet containing the answer papers were sent through correct channel, DU however, has passed this incident off as an “honest mistake”.

“We get 17 lakh copies and out of that we have misplaced 20. It is an honest mistake and we are well aware of it. But these students have asked us to uniformly give them 75% marks. This is not charity. How can we just assign random marks? We could adjust their aggregate marks, but it has been decided that these students will have to take the exam again in order to be marked. We are trying to locate the papers but they should be prepared to take up the exam again,” said RC Sharma, Dean of exams Delhi University.

The college too, has decided to abide by the decision laid down by DU. However, arrangements have also been made to ensure that the students don not face any inconvenience this time.

“We have requested the university to be lenient in setting and marking the paper. The girls have been protesting continuously and it is with great

difficulty that we have finally convinced them to take the exam on August 19. So starting from today (Friday) till the day of the exam we have given them a study period and the classes and attendance that they miss will be compensated,” said Indu Anand, principal of Janki Devi Memorial College.