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‘UoP faculty moderated 355 answersheets in 200 mins’

University of Pune (UoP) engineering faculty,who allegedly moderated 355 answersheets in barely 200 minutes by violating Ordinance norms,has left the university in a fix

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: September 6, 2013 2:46:38 am

A University of Pune (UoP) engineering faculty,who allegedly moderated 355 answersheets in barely 200 minutes by violating Ordinance norms,has left the university in a fix.

Youth group Bhartiya Krantikari Sanghatana,which brought to light a few confidential documents pertaining to irregularities in moderation,has also produced an anonymous letter,reportedly written by another faculty to UoP authorities in December 2012,informing them about the lapses that took place,but to no avail.

“We have documents related to the annual Centralised Admission Process (CAP) held in November-December,wherein answer-sheets of students were evaluated and moderated. These documents show that the faculty member concerned carried out moderation of a mechanical engineering subject in haste,” group chief Siddharthshankar Sharma said,adding that such ‘lousy’ moderation could have affected the scores of several students.

They have also levelled serious charges like both sections of the same subject paper were moderated by the lady faculty in question,whereas as per rules,one faculty cannot moderate both the sections.

In case of professional courses like engineering,100 per cent moderation is expected in case candidates score 70 per cent or above. Also,moderation has to be carried out on a random basis of at least 5 per cent of the total number of candidates obtaining marks between first-class and distinction in professional courses.

Accusing gross violation of the rules,Sharma said the latest case of poor moderation was a sample of large-scale irregularities allegedly rampant in evaluation of answer-sheets.

“University authorities should take stern action against the guilty faculty member,so that it acts as a deterrent for the other teachers,” he demanded.

UoP Controller of Examinations Sampada Joshi said related CAP records would have to be checked before arriving at any conclusion. “We cannot take action against a teacher just on the basis of allegations. We will scrutinise CAP records first,” she told Newsline on Thursday.

Law students demand postponement of exam

First-year law students studying at different colleges affiliated to the University of Pune (UoP) have demanded postponement of their semester examination scheduled to begin in early October,citing the delay in the commencement of their current academic year.

“Admissions for LLB and other law courses take place after declaration of different degree courses. The results of degree courses were delayed this year by the university,which in turn resulted in an extended admission schedule for law faculty. The admission process was on even till August 10 at some colleges. It is unfair on the part of the university to schedule examination when the academic term has not completed properly,” said Jagdish Shinde of students forum Socialist Yuvajan Sabha said.

He demanded that law faculty examinations be postponed by at least 20 days. Shinde added that students had met university authorities and put forth their demand for postponement of examination,but to no avail. University officials concerned were unavailable for comments.

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