Educators challenge board rating system in the aftermath of eight Delhi university colleges’ 100% statement
A day after eight Delhi University colleges declared 100% thresholds for 11 courses, a section of educators on Saturday questioned the advice rating system, although others rejected the idea of entrance tests, claiming that this would encourage the coaching industry.
Some also called for more investment in opening good quality institutions, which they said would benefit students.
They said that so many students who get one hundred percent marks also raise questions about the integrity of those charged with giving marks.
“The percentage of marks raises a question about the integrity of those assigned to give marks, whether it is the board or the schools. Previously, we had thought of organizing an entrance test but it was not done. If at this point it could be done, it would have been a good solution.
“If not, why can’t the University of Delhi conduct an online interview. All 10 students who achieve 100 percent marks can be assessed and then one of them can be chosen. This must be innovated especially in the Covid pandemic, ”said Professor Arbind Jha from IGNOU.
Professor AK Bhagi of the National Democratic Teachers’ Front said: “The absolute scores are for the best of four subjects and there is a good chance that students will have perfect marks in four subjects.
“But the number of these students was lower in the pre-Covid era, but due to the coronavirus and the assessment based on internal assessments, the number of percentage markers has increased. This has led to more colleges announcing 100 percent thresholds. Bhagi believes that a hybrid testing system can be formulated whereby jury scores should be taken into consideration as well as performance on entrance exams.
“The university should not go to extremes and only organize entrance exams, as this would encourage people to become coaches and people from low income groups would be at a disadvantage,” he said, adding that entrance exams should only concern certain courses.
Currently, the university runs entrance exams for a total of 13 undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
This year, a committee finalized the process of holding the Common Entrance Test to Central Universities (CUCET) and the recommendations have been submitted to the Union Ministry of Education, but the ministry’s green light is pending. CUCET should be held next year.
Since the green light is pending, the University of Delhi has continued with the merit-based admission process.
Former Executive Board member Rajesh Jha said there was a need to review the Board’s review system.
He said the university’s admission process is transparent and anyone who meets the thresholds is admitted without any discrimination.
Citing the example of Hindu College, where it admitted more students than the allowed number of seats last year for Political Science (Hons) at a threshold of 99.50 percent, he said that colleges had announced percent thresholds to avoid more admissions.
“In such a scenario, instead of calling for improvement of the DU system, people should look at the review of the assessment system that produces so many students with perfect grades, thus going against the ‘objective of the review system,’ he said.
Jha was not in favor of holding entrance exams, saying “it would lead to the growth of the coaching industry.” “The exam system is a way of highlighting individual differences and if the exam is not able to do that, that’s the problem with the system. There is a need to review the examination system, ”he said.
The professors also called on the Center to invest more in higher education institutions and open more educational institutions for the benefit of students.
“The territorial rights of central universities should be reviewed. They should be supported and allowed to open colleges in other states, especially universities which are institutes of eminence. It would also benefit the local people who cannot come to Delhi, ”Bhagi said.
Abha Dev Habib, professor at the university’s Miranda House, said “the government should invest more in higher education, fill vacant posts in central universities and open more educational institutions.” Professor Rajesh Jha echoed similar views.
“There are very few universities where students receive a quality education. There are two central universities in Bihar, but people always come to Delhi University. The center should open good universities, ”he added.
Over 2.87 lakh students applied for Delhi University undergraduate courses, up from 3.53 lakh applications last year, with the maximum CBSE aspirants.
Over 2.29 lakh applicants come from schools affiliated with the CBSE, followed by the Board of School Education Haryana (9,918), the Council for the Indian School Certification Examination (9,659) and the UP Board of High School and Intermediate Education (8,007).
Almost 70,000 places are up for grabs at the university, and principals said there are nearly 10,000 students with perfect grades in Best of Four subjects.