Finally, the University of Delhi (DU) has constituted a committee to look into complaints raised by hundreds of final year students from various colleges who failed in computer practicals. Computer Applications is a compulsory subject in different programmes offered by the varsity and failing in the practical examination means that the students need to drop a year. At DU, students who failed in the practical examination are mostly from B.Com course.
Now, the authorities of DU have formed a committee after massive protest from students with the support of various student organisations/ unions. It is up to the committee to decide the future course of action on the issue.
Usually, students need to study Computer Applications as a subject in the fifth semester. The theory part of the subject carries 45 marks while practicals carry 40 marks and internal assessments are for 15 marks.
Among the 40 marks allotted to practicals, 10 marks are given for the workbook while external examiner gives the other 30 marks. If a student wants to pass the practical exam, he/she must secure a minimum of 16 marks out of 40. However, students alleged that the varsity did not inform them about the minimum marks required for qualifying in the practical examination.
The committee has already begun to examine the issue and the final decision will be out by July 14, 2017. A B.Com student from an affiliated college of DU hoped that the committee would give a favourable decision.
Earlier, law faculty of DU witnessed the mass failures, and the varsity had constituted a committee to look into the issue. However, the committee proposed to waive re-evaluation fee to look into the complaints. Now, the decision on the issue of mass failures in B.Com might be different from the earlier decisions of varsity on similar issues.