Delhi University (DU) again faced controversy with its on-going post graduate programmes, when large numbers of M.Sc physics students have denied to accept their degrees. DU prepared a rule for the post graduate students that they could collect their respective degrees if they achieved passing marks in their aggregates. But in year 2009, the University made a change in the rule, and made it mandatory for the post graduate students to clear all the papers to be entitled to a degree.
With the change in rules, large number of physics students cannot get their respective degrees including a few of them who have cracked the NET (JRF) and entrance exams for PhD programmes. The denied students visited the Vice-Chancellor and submitted an application in this regard. Even these students have sent applications to both the councils of DU-academic and executive. Abha Dev Habib, elected member of EC had also taken the initiative and had written to VC regarding the issue. Officials of DU have notified that the administrations will look into the issue and decide on Friday.
About 200 students are stuck in this situation and students like Mamchand who have cleared the NET (JRF), is also included who is stuck with paper on nuclear and particle physics after appearing for it three times.
In 2012, the university took another decision that they won’t allow any provision of special chance or an opportunity to write an exam after the allowed period is over, which was earlier applicable. Withdrawn of such a decision has left the physics students get over with the maximum amount of time allotted for completion of the course as they were enrolled in or after 2008.
With change is rules and emerging of new documents, teachers even feel that the university has made it harder for the students to pass.