Over 200 final-year DU students across four off-campus colleges have failed in the Sociology semester exam.
Sociology is an interdisciplinary subject for honours’ students in these colleges.
At Shivaji College, 57 out of 60 English (Hons) students have failed, according to the results of final semester examination declared last week.
The three who have passed have done so only on the margin. Pass marks for theory is 30 out 75.
At Laxmibai College, 102 out of 120 Political (Hons) students have failed, and at Janakidevi Memorial College the figure stands at 38 out of 50.
The numbers are similar at Aurobindo College.
“When we have passed with distinction in other subjects, how can we fail in Sociology alone? Most of us are students who are applying for masters, and because of this predicament our degrees are going to get affected,” said a student who has failed.
When these students approached the college authorities, they were told that it could have been the result of a “technical fault”.
Another student said they met with the officer on special duty for examination who asked them to apply for re-evaluation.
“But this is not going to help us because our year is going to go to waste,” said the student.
When the Delhi University examination head Satish Kumar was contacted, he said the university was looking into the matter.
Meanwhile, the affected students have decided to hold a protest outside the office of the dean of students’ welfare on Monday.
Students claim that this is not the first time that they are faced with such a situation.
A large number of students had failed in Sociology last year as well, and in 2013 there were mass failures in History.