Delhi University (DU) has drawn up an evaluation schedule for the semester examinations to be held in December, following complaints of large-scale discrepancies in this year’s results.
The schedule, already up on the university’s website, states that evaluations have to done within four-six days after the examination process is completed.
For instance, the examination for the course — Environmental Issues of India —will be held on November 20 and evaluation must be completed between November 23 and November 28.
The new schedule was proposed after the English department had to postpone its MA admission this year because of the delay in declaring the BA final-year examination results.
Then, the university attributed the delay to the change in the academic calendar, which forced the administration to conduct the examinations in May.
In September, students and parents discussed the delay in the results with DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh. He assured that results would be declared within three weeks after the semester examination in December.
University teachers said they support the idea of faster evaluation, but quality of assessment should not suffer.
Abha Dev Habib, a teacher in Miranda House, said: “Around 500,000 answerscripts have to be checked. If a person is checking 70-80 sheets per day, there is bound to be some error.”
Students seem to agree. Nikita Rohilla, a third-year BCom (Honours) student in Daulat Ram College, said the quality of evaluation should not be compromised.
“My second-year results came out on August 14. Despite the delay, there were problems with the marksheet. I was marked absent in one paper, though I sat for the examination,” she said.