Mass failure of BCom students: DUSU threatens to intensify protests
Threatening to intensify their protests at North Campus, Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) staged demonstration near the vice-chancellor's office. Nearly 50 agitating students were later forced to disperse after police intervened.
DUSU president Amit Tanwar said: "The protests would continue till our demands are met. Students are ready to go to any extent and plan to launch hunger strike."
The union's protest entered its second day on Wednesday, with students demanding that the University roll back its decision to fail over 2,000 students in BCom (programme).
Nearly 500 BCom (programme) students of fifth semester were failed by the varsity in practical and theory exam, while over 200 could not clear the third year examination owing to lack of clarity on marks needed for clearing practical and theory exams separately.
DU's examination branch, however, called the figures provided by DUSU "dubious". "We have not failed 2,000 students in the practical exam. Nearly 300 students failed to secure the required marks to qualify the practical exam," said a senior official of the examination branch.
Students and principals have claimed that the new passing criterion was not intimidated to colleges such as Kamala Nehru, Ambedkar, Satyawati and Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Citing lack of communication from varsity officials, the principals expressed helplessness.
"Students were unaware of the marks required to qualify the practical exam and were not even told that they have failed," said an official at Kamala Nehru College.