Department of English: In a relief to the students of English Honors at the University of Delhi, the office of the Joint Controller of Examinations has responded to their adversities. The students were, however, awaiting a mass acknowledgment of the error that extends to all the colleges. While the pandemic has also made it difficult to let the administration take cognizance of the matter, students have, therefore, been using emails as the instrument of communication.
This crisis dates back to May 05, 2020, when the result of English Honors for Semester 05 was declared and an extensive drop in grades was echoing across all the colleges of the University. The aggregate drop in grades was speculated to be around 1-2 of the GPA (Grade Point Assessment) and the faculty along with the students has been quick to attribute this suspicious drop to the follies of the administration, primarily the DUTA strike when the boycott of examination duties was witnessed. Also, the answer scripts have allegedly been checked by the ad hoc or the guest teachers, and not by the permanent teachers.
Meanwhile, the University has rolled out a notice asking students to submit a fee of Rs 1000 to successfully apply for the re-checking and re-evaluation of their answer scripts. Unsurprisingly, the University has earned almost 3 crores in 2015-16 and 2017-18 for re-evaluation and re-checking of answer sheets and providing their photo-copies to the students.
The All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) Delhi State Committee have come out ‘in solidarity with the students of the English Department.’
This pressing trend is further amplifying from the collective association of students from 31 colleges like Hindu, Hansraj, Ramjas, Miranda House, etc who are seeking redressal in the form of “mass-moderation or mass re-evaluation or whatever is deemed fit and feasible by the University.” The students are circulating Google Forms for collecting the re-evaluation data concerning the core as well as the elective papers in which grades have dropped for the majority of the students. They are also sharing change.org petitions to garner enough signatures for the matter to be attended by the University. “Some of the students had already sent the mails (to the concerned authorities) which still haven’t been responded to. So we are planning to add the links of the response sheet of the Google Form as well as the petition hoping that the authorities will realize the gravity of the situation,” a student told DU Express.
The emails sent to the accounts of the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, etc have not yet been responded to. Students have also tried to broadcast the weight of the situation to the Twitter by mentioning the handles of the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia (@msisodia), the Ministry of HRD (@HRDMinistry) as well as the HRD Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pohkriyal ‘Nishank’ (DrRPNishank) and the University Grants Commission (ugc_india) in their tweets, but to no avail. The delay in a firm stance to the situation is shredding the prospects of a good college for the students as their ‘applications for further studies stand inert’ in light of a bleak result.