Delhi University plans 10-marks ‘special moderation’ to let degree students finish course

DU’s 10-marks provision will only be allowed to students who have completed all course requirements except for one single paper

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Delhi University plans on introducing a special provision of 10 marks to allow students to complete degrees (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Delhi University plans on introducing a special provision of 10 marks to allow students to complete degrees (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Atul Krishna | November 30, 2023 | 02:25 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Delhi University (DU) will consider introducing a special moderation of up to 10 marks for students who are unable to complete their degree for failing in a single paper. The matter will be tabled in the university’s Academic Council meeting to be held on Thursday. Students will be granted this relief provided they submit valid reasons for failing the paper.

This provision will only be allowed to students who have completed all course requirements except for one single paper. The 10-marks moderation will be applicable in addition to any grace marks already applied.

The 10-marks provision may also be applied to students who have already failed to clear the paper through the “special chance examinations” granted by the university.

“The situation becomes particularly challenging for students who have passed all course requirements except for a single paper, due to some adverse circumstances. In such cases, the university may consider granting special moderation for a single left-over paper,” the university said in an agenda for the Academic Council meeting.

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Delhi University is also considering giving a special chance to students who have exceeded their time- limit to appear in the remaining papers required to complete the degree. However, this chance will only be applicable to students who have exhausted their span period of appearing in these supplementary examinations during 2021-22 and 2022-23. Delhi University allows students a span period of 6 years, starting from the year of admission, to complete all the course requirements for the degree.

The university has proposed to set up a committee to evaluate requests from students who have exceeded their span period. This matter will also be discussed in the Academic Council meeting today.

DU is also mulling the special-chance provision for students affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. “The Covid-19 pandemic introduced unforeseen challenges, such as remote learning, limited access to resources and health-related concerns. These circumstances adversely affected students’ academic progress, making it unjust to penalise them for factors beyond their control,” the university has said.

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