Several students of Delhi University’s BA (programme) Economics have claimed that most of the questions in the research methodology paper were out of the syllabus, causing the university administration to consider providing relief measures to the concerned same.
The research methodology paper for semester four of BA (Programme) Economics was conducted on May 16, during which several students had raised concerns about nearly all questions being out of the syllabus. The students claimed that they managed to attempt just two or three questions out of eight. Moreover, the question paper given to the students of semester four mentioned second semester. Following such concerns raised by the students, the university was considering that the answer papers be evaluated based on three questions with each being allotted 25 marks.
With the examinations of graduate and postgraduate courses currently underway, similar issues have been reported in other courses as well.
The research methodology paper consisted of eight questions of 15 marks each out of which only five questions needed to be attempted. However, what came as a shock to most students was that only two questions were from the syllabus, one was partially related to the syllabus while the rest were alien to them. On raising the matter with the invigilator, the issue was conveyed to the university officials who responded that the question paper was fine. However, the discontent among the students led them to submit a representation to the Head of Economics and based on these representations, a meeting was called and it was decided only three questions will be evaluated, as alleged by the faculty members.
The examination branch of Delhi University mentioned that it received several representations in this matter and those were forwarded to the Economics department. On May 24, a meeting of the research methodology question paper setters with all the teachers and moderators concerned was held by the Department of Economics to look into the issue.
The minutes of the meeting confirm that since most students were unable to attempt more than three questions out of eight, they will be evaluated based on three questions and each will be allotted 25 marks. For those who have attempted more than three questions, the best three questions will be considered, the minutes further clarified.
Reacting to such developments, Academic Council member Naveen Gaur claimed that similar issues have been reported in the question papers of other courses as well which reflects poorly upon the DU Examination system. Students have reported that the questions of second-year political science examination were out of the syllabus and an EWS exam for Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCEWB) students too had questions outside the syllabus.
Naveen Gaur emphasises that the ‘collapsing’ DU Examination system is because of the ‘barrage of so-called reforms’ including the ‘semester-system’ that has been imposed on Delhi University. He alleges that the system is ‘incapable of such large-scale changes’, with ‘six major changes in the last fourteen years’ and the examination system has to take the ‘maximum burden’ of these changes.
Gaur even goes on to add, ‘Similar things are happening in many papers and sadly as a community, we have stopped getting outraged by such things. This is also indicative of our degradation.’
Nevertheless, our best hopes rely on positive relief measures coming underway and students not being haunted by alien questions in the upcoming sessions as well.
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