Grading system under CBCS to be revised

  • Press Trust of India, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2016 15:44 IST
NSUI supporters campaigning against choice-based credit system (CBCS). (Agencies)

A year after it implemented the Choice Based Credit Scheme (CBCS), Delhi University has decided to rectify the grading pattern after widespread protests by students.

The students say 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 failures.

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

The examiners will now have to convert absolute marks into letter grades and grade points through a UGC-devised formula.

The Executive Council members of the varsity have 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.

Following the concerns raised by various quarters, DU directed the CBCS committee to review the grading pattern and submit its recommendations.

“The committee constituted by the Vice Chancellor to look into various aspects related with examination under CBCS held its meeting and has suggested some changes regarding computation of grades,” a senior university official said.

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“The Dean of Students Welfare has sought feedback from various colleges and departments on the proposed changes following which a final decision will be taken,” the official said.

The debate regarding CBCS intensified last year as a section among the academic fraternity rejected the proposed reforms in the education system as a “crackdown on varsities’ autonomy”.

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