DU rejects students’ plea for ‘special chance’

V-C said the cases of 25 students would be reviewed if they submit enough proof to explain why they had missed exams.

The Delhi University administration on Thursday rejected the plea of 25 students to sit for examinations of various courses under the "special chance" criteria. They said the cases will be reviewed again if the students submit more documents relating to the reasons behind the delay in sitting for examination.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Vivek Suneja said: "The reasons, which were put before the Standing Committee meeting on Thursday did not seem sufficient. We are going to ask students for more information to explain the gap in taking exams and we will re-examine their cases. The possibility of these students being granted a reprieve has not been ruled out."

The Vice-Chancellor had held a public meeting with students, teachers and college staff at Gandhi Bhawan on Thursday. The issue of special chance was discussed, DU sources said.

Earlier in the day, the Standing Committee of the Academic Council had looked into cases of 25 students who had requested a special chance and rejected them.

If a student is not able to complete his course within a stipulated period, he could do so during a grace or span period. The university also had the provision of granting students another concession — a special chance to appear in examination beyond the span period. In October, however, DU issued a notice doing away with special chance.

Elaborating on the reason behind this measure, Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh said, "There is a greater issue that we are trying to tackle by bringing about such changes. The examination branch is under a lot of pressure with lakhs of answerscripts to correct. We are trying to streamline the process."

Adhikesavan, an LLB student at Campus Law Centre, could not give his examinations on time. "My father passed away in 2005 and I had to bear more responsibilities. As a result, I was not able to take my examination on time," he told the V-C and other DU officials at the meeting.

Addressing his concerns, Vivek Suneja said, "We will be look at each case and consider the reasons behind the student's inability to take exams during the stipulated time. There are cases in which the syllabus has changed. It becomes difficult to set question papers and evaluate them in such a situation."

Other issues raised at the meeting were concerns regarding attendance shortage. Political Science (H) students of Dyal Singh College told the V-C that the college had informed them on Thursday that they were being detained owing to shortage in attendance.

"We have already taken three of the four examinations. But today, on the day of our fourth paper, we were told by the principal that we have been detained and cannot be promoted to the second semester. There are about 100 students in our college who are in a similar situation."

Assuring them that the university will look into the matter, the V-C said, "Give us a week's time. We will look into your cases and get back to you."

Such meetings are expected to become a regular feature, a university official said. "We will try to have more such meetings so that students can discuss problems with the administration," he said.

Students protest outside meeting venue

During the public meeting held on DU campus on Thursday, a few teachers and students gathered outside the venue protesting against the rejection of the special chance cases and other issues. Amitav Chakrabarti, a member of the Academic Council, said, "The nine Academic Council members gave their dissent to the rejection of the special cases. Despite this, no one from the administration expressed any intention of asking students to submit more documents." Students also expressed concerns over DU doing away with reevaluation and the semester system.

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