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Delhi University colleges are set to have the final exams for this academic session, beginning May 7. While teachers in many colleges are still struggling to complete the syllabus, for students it is time for revision. According to faculty members, the preparation time for students in the semester mode is less as the syllabus is extensive and classes will go on till end-April.
Also, they believe that students under the semester system do not get enough time for self-study, as the number of classes held is more. Nandita Narain, department of mathematics, St Stephen's College, says for first-year students, it is a difficult time. The syllabus is enormous and they don't get any time to do in-depth study as they are in a rush to complete the course."I am taking extra classes everyday, which go on till late afternoon to complete the syllabus. I will advise students to simply focus on the basics to help cope. Also, the date-sheet set by the university this time does not allow students enough time for revision with only one day gap for even difficult papers like analysis," she adds. Teachers across colleges say that students in the first-year under the semesters have not joined any societies for extra-curricular activity. This was not the case when they used to follow the annual mode. Ujjaini Ray, department of history, Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College, feels that students do not have a choice. "I have been telling my students to be regular with the work so that they do not miss out on anything at the last moment." The biggest challenge for students is to balance the syllabus, which was long in the first semester, whereas more manageable in the second semester.Besides, she adds, attendance is another issue. Students who have joined societies are not able to make up for all the classes. In such cases, even if they manage to get the minimum 66.6 % attendance, they lose out on the five marks allotted to attendance under the internal assessment scheme. "Though we have completed our syllabus, I am taking all the classes again to help students with revision," adds Ray.
Courtesy: Times of India
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