The impossible seems to have happened at the University of Delhi.
More than 30 students of Chemistry (honours) across all colleges of the university have got more than the maximum marks that were scored on. A look at the result shows that a student has earned 520 marks out of 500.
In what is turning out to be a big failure of the software being used by the university, the total maximum marks are indicated as 500 instead of 550. Manually adding up the marks clears all confusion as it becomes clear that the marks should have been out of 550.
“The computer should have pointed out this problem. Usually a computer will point out any errors in the tabulation of individual marks, but if this did not happen then the university should question the quality and efficiency of the software,” said Naveen Gaur, who teaches physics at Dyal Singh College.
According to Gaur, teachers filled out OMR sheets to indicate the marks of each student this year.
“The university has failed at two levels. First, it did not spot that the maximum marks were wrong and second it did not notice that students were getting more marks than the maximum marks,” added Gaur.
University officials dismissed the faux pas as a minor error.
“This is a small error that will be rectified soon. It is not a big deal,” said a university official, who did not want to be named.
Meanwhile, the semester results declared this year have come under fire from teachers.
While the results have proved to be much better than usual, teachers have alleged that marks were given out freely to even those who did not deserve them, to enhance the acceptability of the semester system.
It is noteworthy that three students scored 99% in the Economics (honours) first semester results that were declared at the end of December.