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Mass Failure of PG Students In Delhi University, Students Allege University Is Making Money

In the Press Release, the students quoted that the university earned Rs. 2,89,12,310 for reevaluation between 2015-16 to 2017-18.

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Students holding press conference

The students of Delhi University held a press conference on 19th March, 2019 to raise the issue of mass failure of students in various departments of MA and MSc.

The students had started a protest on 14th Feb so that the university would fulfill their demands. By 20th Feb they were ensured of proper action and rechecking of their papers but nothing was done in their favour. They alleged that there is a business going in the university in which mass numbers of students are deliberately failed by the university so that they would pay Rs. 1000 for reevaluation and/or another Rs. 750 for rechecking of their paper. What proves this point is the number of failing students. In the Mathematics department 35 students out of 39 failed. In another paper of the Mathematics department 150 out of 300 appearing students failed. The rate of mass failure is as high as 90% in some departments. It would be illogical to say that they might be weak in studies because they are the very same students who cleared the entrance of DU with cut-off as high as 90. Surprisingly these students are also able to qualify NET, GATE UGC/CSIR etc. but they fail to pass their internal and final exams of DU. Also shockingly this is not the case of one or two years but it has been going on for the past many years. It has been alleged by the students that 80% of the students failed to complete the masters course in the actual two-year period.

The students also claimed that they are met with many difficulties for reevaluation. They have to go to different teachers and are in turn granted a few marks which makes them pass the exam. Apart from this, the semester system makes the students wait an extra year for writing backlog or supplementary examination. They, therefore, demand that the be granted the permission to write these exams after a period of two months at the most.

According to the students they did not face any such problem in graduation but at the masters level this is like a deep rooted weed which has become stronger over the passing years. They are not given enough marks to pass the exams so that they pay more money to the university to reappear in the exams. While holding the press conference yesterday, the students alleged that there is no basis of favoritism or discrimination on the basis of religion and caste or like/dislike for failing the students but it is just being done ‘randomly’ to make business. In the Press Release, the students quoted that the university earned Rs. 2,89,12,310 for reevaluation between 2015-16 to 2017-18. The varsity earned Rs. 23,29,500 for rechecking and Rs. 6,49,500 for providing students copies of answer sheets evaluated.

This is a clear proof of the ongoing business in the name of education which needs to be stopped. This deep rooted weed needs to be uprooted. It’s high time now for the students of DU, as well as other institutions where these problems prevail, to stand up and fight.

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