JNU students against grading system
The percentage system for grading performance of students at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), generated a controversy with angry students launching a signature campaign on Thursday.india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 12:36 IST
The percentage system for grading performance of students at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), generated a controversy with angry students launching a signature campaign on Thursday.
Later the authorities said that they would consider the matter at an academic council meeting. Rajinder Prasad, Director of JNU said, “We assured the students that we would consider their demands and have asked them to give us a written representation of their proposed solutions to this problem.”
The JNU administration had proposed a new formula for converting grades scored by students into percentage. “However, the JNU students seeking admissions and employment outside began facing problems because of this system as their scope for appearing in any other exam or research work was limited,” said a students union member.
Earlier, a student getting B grade or Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5 on a scale of 9, was eligible for National Eligibility Test (NET) which has to be qualified to be a lecturer. However, as per the new formula, anyone getting a Grade B or scoring 5 would get 52.5 per cent, which is less than the minimum criteria to appear for the NET examination.
In certain cases like the university itself, the minimum criteria for admission in some courses is 55 per cent. “For a student who gets a score of 8.5 and the percentage is 80 per cent, but for someone who gets a score of 9, the percentage is 100 per cent.
This implies that there is an increase of 20 per cent for an improvement of only 0.5 grade points.” On the other hand, if the student has 4.5 then he scores 50 per cent, but if he has a score of 5.5, then he scores 55 per cent.