Delhi University is changing not only the duration and composition of its undergraduate courses drastically, but the examination system as well.
The revised undergraduate programme will allow students to be promoted or get a degree by securing an aggregate percentage of 40%.
In the current system, students are not promoted to a higher class or given a degree, whichever is applicable, if they have failed in two or more subjects.
Under the new system, however, students will only have to secure an aggregate percentage of 40% to pass. For those students who want to continue into the fourth year to complete their honours degree, the aggregate pass percentage will be 50%.
“It has been seen various times that students score well in the main subjects but do not manage to pass in a couple of subsidiary subjects. They appear again and again but do not manage to pass. It does not make sense for the varsity to keep making them repeat the exams and delay their degrees,” said south campus director Umesh Rai.
This reform is one of the many that DU will see from the coming session which includes a four-year degree programme, introducing the concept of a major and minor subject and the introduction of mandatory foundation courses.
The new examination and promotion policy has drawn sharp criticism from senior teachers.
“What this new policy will teach students is the art of quitting. It will not teach them the virtue of hard work but of escapism. Why are we lowering the quality of our students so drastically? What purpose will this dilution solve? Who will want to admit or employ a student who has failed in two subjects but still has a degree?” said a senior professor who did not want to be named.