Of the students who appeared for their second semester exams in the academic session 2014-15, many were denied admission into second year, for no apparent reason. The students were later notified that they will have to repeat the year because they failed to score 40% or above in their practical papers. Around 150 students or more from Commerce courses are being held back because they couldn’t clear the Fundamental of Computers practical.
Shockingly, the guideline stating such irregular passing criteria as a rule was passed a month after the students had already given their exams. Delhi University Students’ Union(DUSU) protested and took the matter to the Dean of Students’ Welfare (DSW). The matter was resolved with a subsequent notification, dated 29th of July, a week after the commencement of the new session, stating that such students have been promoted to 3rd semester and will be allowed to retake the exam next year. A similar notification was passed on the 18th of July, promoting all FYUP students to final year, even those who hadn’t filled their examination forms.
Ordinance for semester system was given in 2010 by the then VC, Professor Pental using emergency powers, without any discussions. The semester system has often been cited as not being very student or administration friendly. Professor Abha Dev, a member of Delhi University Teachers’ Association(DUTA) said, “Ill devised ‘rushed’ reforms have resulted in decline of academic and examination standards. The worst victims of these ‘reforms’ have been students as no efforts were made to iron out problems. Three structures (semester, FYUP and CBCS) have been bulldozed in the last five years. The system is being systematically collapsed”
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