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DU practicals worry students & teachers

Delhi University?s students and teachers are worried about practical exams. Because several colleges do not have laboratories or equipment to conduct practical exams for the newly-restructured BSc general courses, which were introduced last year.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 13:38 IST

Delhi University’s practical exams are only a month away, and the one question worrying students and teachers alike is: Where will the tests be held? Several colleges do not have laboratories or equipment to conduct practical exams for the newly-restructured BSc general courses, which were introduced last year.

University officials insist that infrastructure is not a problem, but teachers at many colleges say there is no place or equipment to conduct the practical exams, which begin on March 16. Each practical paper carries 50 marks.

Manoj Khanna, member of the Academic Council and co-convenor of the Science Teachers’ Forum, said, “We will raise the issue at the meeting of the Council.” Some time ago, students at Ramjas College had protested the unavailability of laboratory equipment. But the college authorities were helpless because the proposed grant had not materialised at that time.

“If some colleges have set up labs, there are others who are yet to take this step. The other problem is that if labs have been set up, adequate instruments are not available, which means several students share one instrument,” claimed a college principal.
Madhur, a first-year student, said, “BSc general course students are overburdened compared to their honours counterparts.” Inder Kapahi, who teaches physics at KMC, said, “The haphazard manner in which courses have been introduced is the biggest problem. For the first year, all BSc general students have the same practicals. Consequently, colleges which did not offer courses like botany or zoology are floundering because labs are not available. In some cases, only theory is being taught."

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 12:30 IST