Members of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) staged a protest at the North Campus of University of Delhi on Wednesday after the announcement of the results of the third year students not clearing the exam took to the news. Slogans demanding “Third-year students be promoted” rang outside gate number four of the university, as many students gathered to demand that they should be promoted, despite failing.

A number of third-year students failed in their practicals and in turn, failed to clear their third year. The students claimed that they were not informed that they had to pass individual components of a course in order to clear a subject, and hence their failing in the course was ‘unfair.’ Members of DUSU claimed that they had received applications asking for help from as many as 2000 students, most of whom had failed the practical component of a subject in their fifth semester: At least 700 applications from B.Com programme students who failed in practicals in Computer Applications, students who have had issues in Music, B.Com (H), and Statistics (H).

“I had scored 36 out of 45 in theory, and seven out of 15 in internals in Computer Applications which are both above the passing grade of 40%. Even my total score of 56% was above the passing grade. However, they said I have failed the subject because I have scored only 13 out of 40 in my practical exams. I was never told by my teachers, or my college, that I would need to pass theory, practical and internals separately to clear the subject,” said a B.Com programme student of Laxmi Bai College.

Meanwhile, DU officials have said that a committee had been formed to look into the issue and will check if the students have been misinformed. Relevant steps will be taken to resolve the issue.

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Radhika Boruah

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Declaration of Bsc.(Hon) Math Part-1 results propelled a huge wave of shock and disappointment amongst the DU students. A shocking 37% of the students pursuing this course failed in the annual exam conducted in the month of April-May 2010. Moreover, another 9% have provisionally been promoted to Part-II on the condition that they would have to clear main course-I papers in a second attempt.

According to valid sources, the new syllabus and changes in course structure last year have been held responsible for the high failure rate. “It had to do with the new course. There are no previous questions or set guidelines for the students. Earlier students used to depend a lot on guides and notes. Last year we had 100% pass percentage and we are very concerned about the 3 students who couldn’t manage to qualify the papers,” said Jyoti Darbari, Mathematics in-charge at LSR.

The colleges which suffered the most with a downfall in results where 97 out of 133 students from Shivaji College, 25 out of 28 students from Satyawati College and 30 out of 55 students from Rajdhani College failed. Amongst other colleges like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Zakir Hussain (day) College, 39 out of 60 and 21 out of 56 students failed, respectively.

Even some prestigious colleges of North Campus had dismal results. 16 out of 41 from KMC, 15 out of 39 from SGTB Khalsa and 7 out of 47 students from St Stephen’s couldn’t manage to clear the exams.

This can adversely affect the number of applicants for Bsc. Math for the upcoming year since they too seem to be intimidated by the results. “I still have second thoughts about taking up Bsc. Math instead of any other course in DU. There’s too much uncertainty and pressure regarding the course and results,” said a fresher during her second week in LSR College.

The new course was revised in 2009 after a net time span of 19 years, where both the courses BA Math and Bsc Math were clubbed together into one syllabus in order to upgrade and enhance its application at a higher level. Hence, the new course structure is said to be well revised and the high rate of failure is believed to be the teething trouble which is generated during the transition period of the course structure.

However, the Professors are giving a reassurance of a better pattern and guideline for the upcoming year.