With semester examinations approaching, the Delhi University (DU) administration has introduced new measures to ensure that results are declared on time and to minimise discrepancies. The examination is set to begin from November 20.
To speed up the evaluation process, the university has put up an evaluation schedule on its website. “Following the examination date, the three people who had set the paper will meet and make a marking scheme. All teachers — ad hoc, temporary and permanent — are required to evaluate the answerscripts within a stipulated time period,” the official said. Answerscripts will be divided into three segments, with a different teacher checking each segment.
University officials said teachers will be served show-cause notices if they do not turn up for evaluation. “Besides exceptional cases, all teachers are required to take part in the evaluation process. If they don’t, the university will issue show-cause notices and the issue will be taken up in the Executive Council,” the official said.
Following directives from the DU administration, colleges have issued an 11-digit roll number to students. Earlier, students used to have different roll numbers in every year of their undergraduate course, the new roll number will be the same for the duration of the course. The first two digits will be the year of the students’ admission and the next six will denote the code of the college, department or the subject. The last three digits will be the student’s college roll number. Students will also have to write their date of birth on the answerscripts.
“With different roll numbers for the three years, the marksheets only displayed the total marks secured by the student in each year. It complicated the process of maintaining the database,” a senior university official said.
Question papers will also carry a six-digit “unique paper code”. “The first three digits will represent the department where the question paper was made. The next three digits will be the semester number,” the official said.
Talking about the need for these changes, the official said, “Every year, we get around 1,000 answerscripts which have incorrect roll numbers. At times, the answerscripts don’t have any roll number. In such cases, the student is marked absent and has to approach the university for his marks. With the new system, it will be easier to identify the student if there is a problem.”
The new answerscripts will carry a serial number and students will not be able to cheat by replacing the answerscript.