Students of Delhi University (DU) who failed their second or fourth semester examinations need not fear losing a year.
A DU notification issued late on Saturday evening said following the implementation of four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), students who had either failed or not appeared in examinations in the 1st year or 2nd year under the semester mode would be allowed to proceed to the next semester.
“Students, who have failed in either of the two years, will be allowed to proceed. This holds good for BA and BCom programme students also. This leeway is being given because we are shifting from the previous system to FYUP and students should be able to do so easily. However, such an exception will not be made every year,” said JM Khurana, dean students’ welfare, DU.
Teachers across the varsity, however, claimed that students would be worst hit by this measure. While the transition measure had been put in place to acclimatise students to FYUP, the move, teachers felt, is likely to exert undue pressure on students.
“The earlier norm was that if a student failed then he was to be treated as a former student. Following this, he was not promoted or allowed to appear for the exam the following year. However, this new declaration will just put a lot of pressure on students because they will now not only have to appear for the papers of the semester in which they have failed, but also in the papers of the semester he/she is currently pursuing,” said Naveen Gaur, professor of Physics, Dyal Singh College.
The teachers said the failure rate had increased manifold in the programme courses because of a greater number of subjects.
They said the new move would hit the quality of students.
“If a student has failed in an exam, it means that he/she isn’t up to the mark. Promoting him/her into the next semester without having cleared the previous semester will just lead to a drop in the quality. These are modalities that first need to be worked out by the varsity,” he added.