About 400 Delhi University (DU) students are staring at the possibility of losing one year of study.
Final year BSc programme students of colleges such as Kirori Mal College, Shyamlal College, Dyal Singh College and Acharya Narendra Dev College who have got an ‘Essential Repeat’ (ER) are a worried lot because the university has rejected their plea to conduct a repeat exam in October.
"Under the semester system, these students will have to wait till next year to the exam with the 2014 batch of BSc Programme students. We had scrapped ER exams once the annual system was discontinued. If we make this exception for them, we will have to make an exception for every other student," said a senior DU official.
As per the annual system, a student who got an ER in a paper was required to appear in the repeat exam usually conducted in October. However, after the semester system was put in place, a student who failed in one semester had to take the exam again after one year with the next batch.
Ankush Arora (name changed), a student of Kirori Mal College, said, “We have been trying to speak to the authorities for over a month now. I have got an Essential Repeat in one paper of Mathematics and waiting for a whole year will mean a gap in my education. This is a very crucial year and because of the university, we will end up wasting these months.”
"Earlier, students with an ER would be conditionally promoted to the next semester. However, getting an ER in the sixth semester will only mean dropping one year because the students will have to wait until next year to take the exam. They will also not be provided with a degree till then," said Naveen Gaur, professor of Physics, Dyal Singh College.