High drama ensued at the campus of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Tuesday morning as about two dozen members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) protested against the varsity administration’s delay in resolving the alleged corruption in examination department over revaluation marks.
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The protest that began at 10 am also saw two protesters dress up as members of a local tribal community and whip themselves to gather attention while a few even tried breaking into a window to meet the administration and were held back by security staffers.
Pradip Gavade, secretary of ABVP Pune, said this is the third protest on the same subject. “We had received complaints from many students that there were gross mistakes in the correction of papers. The university administration took three months to just issue photocopies of answer sheets without which revaluation is not possible. After students applied for revaluation too, the marks issued were incorrect. They say that they don’t have authority to change marks after revaluation but what if there are mistakes in correction even after that? Students are failing for mistakes in paper correction. To pass students, heavy bribes are demanded,” he said.
Civil Engineering student Gaurav Dige said he was failed for a totalling error, his marks were 37 instead of 20. “Two months after I applied for revaluation, they told me they don’t have my original answer sheet. I got it under RTI and the error was verified. Yet my marks remain the same,” he said.
Another student requesting anonymity said, “I got two years down because all six revaluations had come back with the same marks.”
Meanwhile, SPPU exam controller Ashok Chavan said, “As per university rules, once the revaluation is done, the marks cannot be changed. Since the students are insisting that the revaluation has been done wrongly, we will put up this case before the Vice-Chancellor. Once we get directions from him, it should not take more than 10 days to resolve the issue.”