By Updated: 19:14 GMT, 19 February 2012
Most classrooms have "heroes" who, once in a while, score "zero" in subjects.
But can more than 100 students fare so poorly as to score "zero" in a paper?
The question has pitted the Delhi University (DU) authorities and students against each other after more than 100 students from various courses and colleges secured a "zero" in the English чехол paper.
All for nought: DU students protest as more than 100 of them scored zero per cent in their English language paper
The authorities say the students had indeed fared poorly to deserve a "zero". The students say they are not ready to buy the explanation. They instead blame it on a glitch or discrepancy on the part of DU.
In first semester of the bachelors courses at DU, technical writing and communication in English is a 100 marks subject in different honours courses, including BA English.
Unable to clear the English paper for the last two years, the students have urged the vice-chancellor to address their grievance.
They have also written to the controller of examinations. "I had attempted the full paper but I have been given zero on the ground that I do not have enough attendance," Vineeta Mittal said.
She is a BSc botany honours student at Daulat чехол для суМастер класси Ram College. Vineeta has shot an application to the controller of examinations, attaching proof of her attendance.
Similar is the case of Geeta Singh, also a student at Daulat Ram College. She has not been able to pass her BSc physical science paper for the past two years because she has been scoring zero in English.
"How can that happen repeatedly?" she asked. The list of names runs long. Amit Kumar, pursuing BSc physical science at Ramjas College, is angry that the university is not taking steps to right the wrong.
"I wrote answers to questions aggregating 70 marks but I have got a zero. When I along with many other students confronted the authorities, they marked us absent. This is rubbish. We have proof that we appeared for the paper," Amit said.
"The papers have either not been checked by the authorities or the actual marks are not showing up because of a discrepancy. All the students have been told to retake the paper next year. This is disheartening and unfair," Vineeta said.
When reached for his reaction, vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh said: "Students have complained to us that they have secured zero in English. We are looking into the matter seriously."
He said the English course needs to be restructured in order to improve the results. "We have put the cart before the horse as far as the English paper is concerned. I believe we need to restructure the course,"
"The programme is not very well suited for the students, however well-intentioned it might be. We will soon come up with a new restructured programme. The solution is not so easy though we are trying our best to rectify it," he said.
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