<![CDATA[When Delhi University decided to ditch the existing annual system for the internationally accepted semesters, it was depressingly oblivious to the revolution it had sparked or at any rate, to the sheer magnitude of it. The University did claim that adopting the semester system would bring it closer to international colleges but it couldn't possibly have known that only one semester in, DU would instead, be competing with CBSE. One can forgive CBSE for feeling insecure given that its monopoly over numbers-dangerously-within-kissing-distance of the cent percent has been torn to shreds. While it takes the premier board for secondary education a year to churn out its ninety something prodigies, DU has managed three such crops in half that time. Believe this; as many as three Economics Honours students have scored a mortally depressing 99 per cent in the first semester examination. Certain professors did not believe the reports that emphatically proclaimed the same by the respective dailies they pursue and patiently waited for a note in the Errors and Omissions section, and when none came promptly filed an RTI for investigation into the whole affair. Nor can one blame them. Meanwhile the University which had had to deal with numerous protests against the semester system was quick to attribute this anomaly to the success of the semester approach. Unfortunately this theory has few takers. Besides, Economics is considered to be the most trying of courses in the University where only six months ago students struggled to cross the 85 per cent barrier. Given this, a mere change in the scheduling of teaching and examination can hardly explain the astronomical jump. Neither would one find the answer in the Darwinian Theory of Evolution. The theory does state that organisms evolve overtime to better deal with their environment but the same theory categorically rules out such adaptations overnight. To conclude, evolutionary theory would explain why a hundred or so years from now, all and sundry might secure a 90 per cent but in this case, the theory falls flat.
This brings us back to the University. The University obviously has the capacity to induce such a jump and the motive too. It needed something to redeem itself and support its decision to implement the semester system. Thus many people are of the opinion that the University itself has engineered the fiasco. If such is the case, the University must surely be cursing itself. Is it totally oblivious to the first and the most important law followed by all cheaters the world over, to wit, ‘never get a ninety’?It is very clear why the University cannot make a habit of playing a Santa for its students. Colleges the world over follow a certain calibration of marks and if all of a sudden students start scoring 99 per cent regularly; that calibration may not apply to DU. LSE for example admits students scoring above 70 per cent. I cannot see the college continuing to do the same for DU unless the current crop of first years proves to be full of raving geniuses, our University scores might lose all their credibility. ]]>
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