On Wednesday, horrible first semester results of various courses of Delhi University came out where most of the students have got have ‘Essential Repeat’ (ER) in atleast one or two examinations. The courses for which the results were declared were Political Science (H), Economics (H), English (H), Urdu (H), Arabic (H) and Persian (H).
According to the results available on the official website, out of a total number of 8,500 students who had appeared for examinations in these streams, more than 2,350 students were put in ER category which means that these students have not cleared all the papers in the first sitting.
According to an exam branch officer, "Majority of the students managed to clear the exams without any ER. However, over 2,000 students will have to repeat one or more papers. These students are nevertheless allowed promotion to the second semester."
The results were declared within 20 days of the conduct of first semester examinations. An official says, “The strict semester schedule means it is binding on the exam branch to complete the evaluation process and declare the results on time."
The first semester examinations did come up with some of the hitches. It was faced with allegations regarding violations of DU ordinance over detention of around 350 students for shortage of attendance , differing on attendance rules and detention of a student despite having 78% attendance.
DU changed from annual mode to semester system for all under graduate courses last year even after receiving lots of protests from the complete faculty of DU. Though, 13 science undergraduate courses were changed into semester mode in 2010, the other streams - arts, commerce, mathematical sciences and social sciences, shifted to semester mode in 2011-12 academic season.