Protesting against the huge percentage of students failing in MA History, students held a demonstration outside History department and the vice-chancellor’s office on Monday.
More than 60% students who had appeared for the first and third semester examination last year, have failed. Semester system was introduced in the course last year.
Claiming that the results were completely illogical and unfair, the students demanded that immediate rechecking of the papers should be done without any charges and the results of this should be declared as soon as possible.
The students said that one of the biggest problems in the department was that of a language barrier. “While many students who failed are from the Hindi medium, the lecturers don’t teach in Hindi and insist in taking lectures is English. This is very unfair,” said Preeti, a student who had failed her first semester examination.
While students did not put the whole blame on the shoulders of the semester system, they said that it gives weaker students lesser time to get acquainted with the system.
“The result also reflects that the semester mode of teaching is not working at the moment. In the annual mode, the students from diverse backgrounds used to get enough time to prepare for the exams, which the present system doesn’t allow,” said, Atul Chandra, another student, who is also a member of Students’ Federation of India.
Students also allege that they do not get any study material in Hindi. “Students have to make do with the material provided in English and end up getting low marks. The translation department is non functional,” said Siraj, a student of Political Science, who had joined the protest.
“In our course we have special tutorials for Hindi medium students. Remedial classes for those who are lagging behind are also held. The same should be done in other courses as well,” he added.
The irate students blocked the class room doors and did not allow teachers to enter the classes for two hours in the morning. The vice-chancellor has also promised the aggrieved students that he will look into the matter immediately.