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Marking glitches at DU

delhi Updated: Sep 23, 2010 01:11 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh
Joyeeta Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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First year Delhi University (DU) student Vaishali Singh (18), depressed that she failed her first semester exams, committed suicide on August 18.

Later it was discovered that the online result was erroneous and that Singh, a student of Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.ElD) at the Aditi Mahavidyalaya, had passed.

Like Singh, many first year students of some DU colleges have been at the receiving end of careless tabulation of marks by the examination cell.

Mark sheets of students pursuing BSc (Honours) and Chemistry (Honours) (copies of which are with Hindustan Times) show anomaly of marks in English, which is a qualifying paper.

While some of the marksheets show a student has failed after scoring 24 out of 50 marks, others have cleared the same paper by scoring 17 marks.

"Our careers depend upon these marks," said a student, who wished to remain anonymous.

Some students of Acharya Narendra Dev College also faced the same problem.

"There were some problem in the marksheets and the students had to approach the examination cell for rectification of their marks," said principal Savithri Singh.

HC Phokriyal, the head of the university's examination cell, was evasive when questioned about the irregularity in the marking scheme.

"We are taking necessary measures," is all he said.

At a time when the university is facing resistance about implementing semester system in the undergraduate science courses, under which the students will be evaluated twice a year, such glitches in tabulation will not help the university.

"If the university has failed to iron out problems in the annual mode of examination, how can they propose to introduce semester system?" asked Abha Dev Habib, who teaches Physics at Miranda House.

Accepting that there have been few errors on part of the examination cell in tabulation, Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental suggested few ways to prevent it in the future.

"We have to stop manual transfer of marks and switch to computers. Since the university is now IT enabled that is the best way to do it," Pental said.

He also suggested that there should be more uniform scheme of markings and minimising the number of tests.