They look confused, nervous and angry as they sit in the classroom hoping to retain an iota of what the teacher is teaching in a whirlwind.
Sixteen BA first year students of Dyal Singh College were taught the wrong paper for four months — a whole semester — and will now have to face final exams without proper preparation.
The students were supposed to be taught papers in Reading Gandhi but were taught Political Theory and Thought instead as the qualifying examination.
Most of these students are from the north-eastern states of the country and took the paper in lieu of Hindi as the qualifying examination.
According to the principal of Dyal Singh, Political Theory and Thought was a qualifying paper that was taught in the annual mode and the teachers did not get any communication about changing of the course to Reading Gandhi.
The students, on the other hand, have to now deal with a double burden — that of upcoming semester end exams and a crash course in Reading Gandhi.
The college has arranged for three four-hour classes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, to teach a course that was supposed to be taught over 60 classes in three days.
“The college is trying to support the students in any way they can. We have arranged for four-hour classes everyday till Tuesday (three days including Saturday).
There is no justification for whatever has happened but our teachers will work hard and teach whatever they can. It is not a very difficult topic,” said IS Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.
The marks of qualifying exams are not included in the marksheets but are crucial when it comes to getting a degree. Students who fail to clear the exam will be given another chance.
But students are far from satisfied. “In the semester system time is limited and we don’t want to drag this to another year. Now we have to focus on the qualifying exam instead of studying for our main papers. This is not done,” said first-year student Samendra Thounaojan, 18, who hails from Manipur.