For students still studying under the annual system in Delhi University (DU), applying for re-evaluation will become an expensive affair.
With the university hiking its re-evaluation charges by 100%, students will now have to shell out Rs 1,000, as against the earlier Rs 500, in order to have their answer scripts re-evaluated.
“The move has been introduced to discourage students from applying for re-evaluation. A lot of care is already taken to ensure that the papers are checked properly. If a paper has to be re-evaluated, it is checked all over again, which increases the burden on the system,” said Ujjaini Ray, Professor of English, Lady Sri Ram (LSR) college.
Teachers claim that adequate care is taken when papers are assessed and there is little room for error in judgment.
“When re-evaluation takes place, the marks previously assigned by the examiner are blanked out and new marks are assigned. If the difference between the two marks is less than five, then the initial marks are retained. If the difference is more than that, then an average of both marks is taken and assigned,’ added Ray.
University authorities, however, have attributed this change to increased operational and logistical expenses, in tandem with current inflationary trends.
“Examination is a very expensive procedure. There are logistical expenses that are incurred such as petrol cost and postage expenses as the answer scripts have to be sent to the evaluator. There is no profit making tactic behind this,” said RC Sharma, dean of examinations.