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Delhi University has lost answer scripts of the sociology discipline course of 112 students of Janki Devi Memorial College and asked them to re-appear for the paper in late August. The notice issued by the University, however, did not state any reason for the re-examination.
The students of BA (honours) English, philosophy, Sanskrit and political science, who had been waiting for their results, were notified on July 20 that they have to take the annual exam on the sociology course again on August 19. The students appeared for the exam in May. Rita Sinha, a faculty member with the English department of the college, said: "It is not a qualifying paper, but a discipline course whose credits are added to the final score. The university authorities informed the college and the students verbally that the answer scripts of the paper they wrote in May have been lost. In the meantime, the students cannot ask for a re-evaluation of any of their papers as their marksheets will not be released until this paper is checked and by the time their results are declared, the period for applying for re-evaluation will be over." The students are alleging that the university first tried to cover-up the issue and waited till July-end though by July 1 they had realized that the papers had gone missing. "The authorities were aware that our answer scripts were missing. After all by July, it is time for results. Only when our results were withheld and we approached the university, did the officials come up with the real story and asked us to take the exam again," a student said. DU officials, however, downplayed the issue. Dean of examinations R C Sharma said: "The packet containing the answer scripts is missing and we are trying to locate it. But since it will cause delay, we have initiated the re-examination process." "Once the exam gets over, responsibility will be fixed as to why it had happened. These students will get the opportunity of applying for re-evaluation as well," Sharma said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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