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PU answer paper evaluation: Teachers flag rule violation due to staff crunch, V-C says ‘not answerable’

The university pays each evaluator Rs 18 per answer sheet for UG courses and Rs 22 per answer sheet for PG courses.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: January 10, 2016 1:27:18 pm
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Rules are being flouted in Panjab University (PU) centres where evaluation of semester-end examination answer sheets are underway, teachers have alleged.

According to rules, an evaluator should not check more than two bundles of answer sheets (around 30 papers per bundle) in a day. Teachers in the Ludhiana centre of the university report that they are forced to evaluate almost five to seven bundles a day.

Moreover, many claim that they are made to evaluate subjects in which they have no expertise in. Teachers told The Sunday Express that there was a shortage of evaluators.

“Classes of the next semester have already begun in colleges and teachers are not being relieved by their respective colleges for evaluation. University needs to check this,” said a professor.

The university pays each evaluator Rs 18 per answer sheet for UG courses and Rs 22 per answer sheet for PG courses.

Sources from SCD Government College for Boys said, “The Board of Studies (which finalises list of evaluators) is not verifying details of the proforma filled by teachers. The teachers who do not know the syllabus and books prescribed for a particular paper are evaluating answer sheets.”

“Some teachers gracefully said they wouldn’t flout rules but the same can’t be said for everybody. Teachers grab as many sheets as they can for evaluation. They get more money that way,” added another teacher.
Parvinder Singh, controller of examinations, PU said, “Nothing is in my hand.”

Shifting the entire blame on the board, he said, “The board is completely responsible for verifying the details sent in proformas and allot evaluation duties. If there is any discrepancy, board is answerable. There are almost 63 subjects for which evaluation duties are allotted and if there are issues like shortage of teachers- college principals need to write to us.”

There is no fixed date for announcement of results. “If some evaluators do not report today, it is because they think it can be done tomorrow,” said a teacher.

The Sunday Express also spoke to PU vice chancellor Dr Arun Grover.

“You cannot question me over this issue. Controller examination should answer. V-C is not answerable to such small queries,” he said.

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