DU invites comments to finalise changes to CBCS grading system

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2016 19:13 IST
NSUI supporters campaigning against choice-based credit system (CBCS). (Agencies/File photo)

New Delhi:

The Delhi University has invited comments from teachers and students to take a final decision on changes to the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) grading system.

Students protested against CBCS saying the new marking system does not take individual performances into account and grades are awarded on the basis of the average score of the class resulting in mass failure.

The university had constituted a committee to look into issues related to examination under CBCS. The committee suggested minor variations in the formula for calculation of letter grade and numerical grade.

“All concerned are advised to look at the proposed changes and send their comments, if any, to dsw@du.ac.in up to 15 April, 2016. The committee will consider the suggestions received and take final decision on the proposed changes after due deliberations,” the university said in a statement on Monday.

The proposed changes have been put up on the DU website, www.du.ac.in, under Notification titled CBCS Grading System.

After the first semester results, it was found that under the relative grading system introduced in undergraduate courses, students will have to score more than 100% marks to get the top O (outstanding) grade in some subjects.

Under CBCS, students are marked by relative grading system in which students’ grades are dependent on their performance in relation to that of other students’ and not their individual performance.

The Executive Council members of the varsity had also raised objections, saying the relative grading system was neither placed before the statutory bodies nor was it notified to the colleges before the results were declared.

Saying that CBCS allows a “cafeteria approach”, University Grants Commission (UGC) had in 2014 asked all central universities to implement it from the next academic session.

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