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Revaluation of answer sheets: varsity panel submits report

In a shocking revelation,it has been found that 40 per cent of teachers avoid central assessment programme (CAP) of the University of Pune every year.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
April 22, 2009 1:12:21 am

In a shocking revelation,it has been found that 40 per cent of teachers avoid central assessment programme (CAP) of the University of Pune every year. It is reflecting in checking of answerpapers of the engineering stream,with 25,000 of the 1,00,685 students who appeared for the exams in October 2008 applying for verification and revaluation. As many as 495 examiners have checked more papers than the prescribed limit.

This came to fore after a fact-finding committee set up by the university submitted its report on Tuesday. The committee was set up to look into the complaints that examiners check more papers than prescribed. Nandkumar Nikam headed the committee that had three other members,Prakash Vani,R M Pandit and Mukund Tapkir.

Vice-Chancellor Narendra Jadhav declared the findings of the committee at a press conference on Tuesday.

According to the report,it was found that in spite of repeated invitations to teachers,many of them did not come for the CAP.  In some cases,principals did not allow teachers to go for the CAP. In case of engineering stream,2,500 teachers were supposed to come for the CAP for checking papers of the October 2008 examination,but only 1,879 turned up.

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The report says pressure was put on the other examiners to check more papers as the results had to come out in 45 days as per rule. In some cases,examiners checked 664 papers a day. As per rule,an examiner can check only 120 answer papers a day.

Jadhav said the varsity would take stern action on the examiners who exceeded the prescribed quota. “We will not spare even the CAP centre chiefs who gave more papers to the examiners,” he said. “We will place the report before the Lapses Committee which will take action against the persons concerned,” he said. The V-C also said that the varsity would also take strict action against the teachers not coming for the CAP. He declared that bar code system would be implemented henceforth. “We will deploy flying squads for the CAP and the CAP centre chief will have to produce a report on the CAP every alternate day to the controller of examinations,” he added.

Novel concession

In a novel decision,the university has decided to give 50 per cent concession — in the fee for revaluation — to students of the engineering stream who apply for verification and revaluation.

The V-C said,“Many students in the first and second year will wish to recheck papers in the backdrop of complaints regarding evaluation. The varsity has decided to give them concession. The regular application fee is Rs 365 but they will have to pay half of that. Moreover,if the marks of a student are increased during revaluation,100 per cent of the application fee will be refunded.”

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