In possibly another case of error in evaluation, almost all students in the final year of the five-year course and in the first year of a three-year course at Balaji Law College were given the same marks — 50 — in every paper last year. And despite complaining to the Pune university vice-chancellor and the dean of law, and following up with the exam department officials, no action was taken, claimed Principal Mariamma AK.
Recently, the students of Indian Law Society’s Law College had also alleged error in evaluation as many had got the same marks. “We conduct monthly exams to gauge students’ level of understanding of subjects. We give extra attention to those who are not up to the mark. These students perform well in both class tests and internal exams. But when the university declares semester results, almost all students get the same marks,” said Mariamma.
“What is surprising and suspicious is that the brightest and weakest students get the same marks. How is it possible that all students in a class have the same score? In this case, almost all our final-year students have got 50 marks in all papers. Similarly, a majority of the first-year students of the LLB course have got 50 marks in most subjects,” she added.
“On our director Balasubramanian’s advice, I wrote a letter to the vice-chancellor, dean of the faculty of law, and chairman of the board of studies, faculty of law, on February 2, 2013, asking them to enquire into the matter,” said Mariamma. The letter, a copy of which is with Newsline, stated: “As a responsible educational institution, we would like to bring this to your notice. Especially in the wake of the fact that deemed universities are giving marks liberally and our students will be competing with them in the job market. Moreover, Pune is known as the Oxford of the East and many outstation students are attracted to the University of Pune. If this is the situation, why will students opt for Pune University and the affiliated colleges?”
“The vice-chancellor had apparently forwarded the letter to the controller of examination. But at that time, there were a lot of issues related to the examination section and hence there was no inquiry. Despite repeated attempts, neither the vice-chancellor nor the examination section officials were ready to look into the matter. They are so inaccessible that even getting an appointment with them is impossible,” added Mariamma. “Another problem with the law examinations is that there is no gap between two papers. Our students even gave a representation to the university officials, but to no avail,” she added.
UoP Vice-Chancellor W N Gade, however, said: “I am very approachable and anybody can visit me any time they want. Hence these allegations are untrue.” He added that he had forwarded the letter to the examination department officials and they might not have responded to it. “I am in Nagpur and will be back in Pune day after tomorrow. Let the students and the principal make a representation before me on Saturday. I will definitely look into the matter and if anything is wrong, I will order an inquiry,” he added.
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