Delhi University's (DU) callousness in handling answer scripts has cost not just 20, but 106 students, dear. These students of Janki Devi Memorial College now have to repeat the exam on August 19, following DU's mismanagement in the matter. These students had appeared for the discipline-centred paper 'Sociology of contemporary India'.
After HT's report, "Answer sheets missing from DU's exam dept"(August 6), it was learnt that students of Philosophy, English, Political Science, Sanskrit and Hindi, who had taken the exam were notified that they would have to rewrite the paper. The reason: the packets containing the answer sheets have been misplaced by university examination department.
"We received a letter from the university, saying that the students who had appeared for this exam had to write the paper again. I'm concerned for the students. There are 106 such students, some of whom had even protested, but the university's decision stands," said Indu Anand, Principal of the college.
The students, who had protested against the decision by DU, were later told by the college to abide by the decision.
"This has happened only with students of this college. We do not want the students to be in a limbo, so we have asked them to appear for the exam as there is no alternative. Otherwise, they will be marked absent in the paper," said Sudnya Kulkarni, media coordinator, Janki Devi Memorial College.
While the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, Dinesh Singh, denied having any knowledge about the event, other University officials' response continues to be lackadaisical.
"We can't assign random marks to the students. We are helpless in this matter and we will take punitive action if we are able to trace the guilty party," said RC Sharma, Dean of Exams, Delhi University.
The affected students have now been provided leave by the college till August 19, as a compensatory measure.