DU rejects students’ plea for ‘special chance’

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

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

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