KYS Protests Against Delhi University Over Revaluation Fees

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Delhi University Revaluation: Amidst the outcries for mass re-evaluation across all the colleges, many student organizations have stepped forward to lend a voice to the distressed students. The All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) have released their official statements condemning the ‘cold bureaucratic functioning’ of the University of Delhi in light of the poor results in English Honors, History Honors, Computer Programme, etc.

The organizations have been dynamic to criticize the immoderate price of re-evaluation and re-checking that lie at Rs 1000 and Rs 750, respectively. KYS has demanded the ‘complete waiver of re-evaluation fee’ for such students. This, especially, comes at a time when unemployment has already been at its highest because of a pandemic walking over us and family incomes have spiraled downward.

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The University is actively monetizing the poor re-evaluation scheme squarely conferred on the students. According to the information provided by the University in response to an RTI, it earned Rs 2,89,12,310 for revaluation alone between 2015-16 and 2017-18. During the same period, it earned Rs 23,29,500 for rechecking and Rs 6,49,500 for providing students copies of answer scripts evaluated.

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Additionally, during the times of the lockdown when curfew has strictly been imposed across the country, the necessity of printouts and scanned copies to successfully apply for re-evaluation is a draconian rule. A large section of the University hails from a rural background which complicates the entire process of having access to technology, Wi-Fi, and cellular mobile network. To the students seeking mass re-evaluation, the generalized response of the University was to apply for the process by submitting a fee of Rs 1000 for each individual paper which seemed downright cruel and inconsiderate.

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The acute dip in the average grade attracts suspicion against the unknown practices rampant in the evaluation process. Moreover, results for examinations conducted in November/December 2019 have not yet been declared for a few courses like BA Programme which is a great delay from the otherwise January/February due date. Of all the major reasons, the DUTA strikes against the administration stand under scrutiny when a mass boycott of examination duties was witnessed which delayed the entire process of evaluation of answer scripts and compilation of results.

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