The students of Hindi Department in Delhi University are presently protesting the tight marking which has led to low scores of over 1000 students outside their classrooms. The students are demanding for a re-evaluation of their test papers for free in order to check whether the evaluation has been justified or not. The rechecking costs Rs. 1000 per paper for the students according to DU norms, which the students are protesting.
According to a Post-graduation student Surbhi Sharma the students who have scored more than 60 percent marks in their last semester has gone below 55 percent in this semester. The results of the examination were announced on 29 January. According to another student Anil Mehta, “We threaten to go on a hunger strike if the authorities do not listen to us.”
A DU official said, “Fee is refunded in case there is an increase in the marks. So I fail to see a reason behind them bunking their classes. Students will be losing out on the attendance if they continue to disrupt classes.” Surbhi further argues that it is important for the students to pursue their dreams in doing research in the subject and for that the marks are important. She added, “Students are required to score above 55 percent for admission in MPhil courses.”
According to another student Pankaj Diwakar, “It has been going around for almost 20 years now. We are being given way less marks than students from other universities. Both first and second year students are protesting over this issue, but we have received no assurance.”