DU rejects students’ plea for ‘special chance’

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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