Gujarat Plus - Gujarat on Web
Rediscover Gujrat .....Rediscover the Gujrati in You
PG students sulk as exam branch delays reasessment Tuesday, November 27, 2001
SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Second year PG students of Gujarat University are cursing the authorities for not completing the reassessment of April examination papers. They have been frequently visiting the University main office for the result, but only to go back empty-handed.
"I can't imagine that it takes over six months to reassess a paper," says a distressed commerce student who wanted to apply for a doctoral course in Australia. "Because they failed me in one paper, I dropped the idea of applying this year. But if they are going to take so long, I cannot apply next year, either."
Approximately 1,300 reassessment cases are pending, all of them in the PG courses. Controller of examinations Satish Bhatt, however, says that they receive 7,000 reassessment applications every year. This year, the number was 7,500. "We cleared most of them before the October exams where failed students attempt the second time," he says. "The pending applications will be cleared soon. These students need not worry as they will have to reappear only in April."
Bhatt's problems run deeper. He conducts examinations for three lakh students and the examination branch has only 37 full-time employees, three times less than the norm.
Ironically, they had 100 employees when Bhatt took charge six years back. There were only two lakh students then and they conducted only 208 examinations in a year. In comparison, today they conduct 340 examinations for three lakh students.
In the past few years, many new professional courses have been added. In the law faculty alone, 11 new subjects have been added raising the number of papers to 28.
Bhatt has been urging authorities that he be allowed to increase the staff or computerise many sections. "A huge burden would be taken off if the issue of eligibility certificates is computerised," That he adds would benefit students, too, as they could get the certificate in a day. Even the fees payment can be computerised."
Officials in the administrative wing, however, say that like all other universities, the government has allowed them to fill up 50 per cent of the vacancies. For 92 posts they have advertised, replies had come and they hope to complete the process soon.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]