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Maths exam irks students

Examinees taking a mathematics paper at Delhi University on Thursday threatened a boycott after alleging that questions had been set out of syllabus.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 10:43 IST

Examinees taking a mathematics paper at Delhi University on Thursday threatened a boycott after alleging that questions had been set out of syllabus.
The students of MSc (final) Mathematics relented after the head of mathematics department assured of strong action if their allegations were found to be true.

“The students’ complaint has been forwarded to the examination department. They were worried but we assured them that their complaint will be examined and necessary action taken,” said Subhash Arora, head, mathematics department.

“We had to answer 8 questions of a 100-mark paper. Most could attempt only 30 marks as the rest of the questions were out of course,” said a student. “We brought this to the notice of invigilators, but they paid us no heed.

The subjects from which the questions were taken had not been covered in our syllabus.” The exam was being held in three classes at the Arts Faculty.

In one section, students began to shout slogans. Others threatened to boycott the paper. “As the students rose to leave, invigilators shut the door. We were locked inside for over 30 minutes. No one listened to us,” said another student.

A teacher, however, claimed otherwise, “The door was merely shut, not locked. We did not want this commotion to disrupt the students in other sections. Neither did we want any sort of violence.”

Last year too, a similar complaint was sent to the examination branch, in which students alleged questions set were out of syllabus.