Following protests by third-year undergraduate college students of assorted schools affiliated to Gauhati College demanding a whole re-evaluation of their fifth semester outcomes, which they alleged had been filled with discrepancies, the college on Wednesday agreed to permit re-evaluation, at no cost, however insisted that there have been no points from its aspect.

The third-year undergraduate college students protested inside the college premises on Tuesday and alleged that Assam Police personnel entered college premises to take away protesters from the location and manhandled a number of college students. The police, the scholars claimed, additionally briefly detained some college students in a bus, together with a number of Submit-Graduate Pupil Union (PGSU) members. Just a few college students suffered minor accidents whereas clashing with the police and needed to be admitted to hospitals, the scholars additional alleged.

Assam protests, Assam education A protestor being given medical care after the protest. (Specific photograph)

Following the protests, the college on Wednesday printed a discover agreeing to permit free re-evaluation of examination outcomes for all third-year college students. The re-evaluation normally prices a pupil Rs 560 per paper, with a most of three papers allowed for re-evaluation.

“The examinations for fifth semester undergraduate college students had been held round February to March and the outcomes had been declared solely on July 29, that too at 2 or 3 am. A number of college students had been marked ‘absent’ regardless of showing for the exams. In lots of schools, college students obtained ‘Backs’ (Fail) in the identical topic on a mass scale, and there are lots of instances the place particular person college students obtained as much as three or 4 ‘Backs’ in numerous topics,” PGSU President Hemen Kalita mentioned.

Describing the clashes with the police, Kalita added, “On Tuesday, the police interfered in a democratic protest inside a college campus and manhandled me and different college students, even whereas we had been making an attempt to interact in dialogue with the administration and the police. I obtained injured in my neck and my fingers.”

Pallab Pratim Hazarika, a third-year pupil of ADP Faculty, Nagaon, mentioned he was marked absent in all of the papers regardless of showing for all of the exams. “All college students in our division (Economics) have been marked absent. Half the scholars within the Hindi division of our school have been marked absent. Half the scholars of the Statistics division have been marked absent too,” he mentioned.

Hazarika cited one other incident from the fourth semester the place a few of his buddies had been wrongly marked absent. “They utilized for re-evaluation to right the error however the college nonetheless has not gotten again to them,” he claimed.

Controller of Examination, Gauhati College, Dhrubojyoti Choudhury informed The Indian Specific that there was no discrepancy from his workplace or the college’s aspect. “The actual fact is that many college students have failed. Ours is a grading system, college students don’t perceive it correctly. Under a sure mark you’ll get an F or a zero, it doesn’t matter what the precise mark is,” he remarked.

Choudhury additional indicated that college students had carried out badly as a result of the examination in query was held offline. He acknowledged, “What I understood from the protest was that the scholars merely desire a cross mark, just like what they got within the earlier semesters.”

Clarifying the quite a few cases of scholars being marked absent on their marksheets, Choudhury mentioned, “Earlier than the exams, college students need to signal into our portal and choose the code for the papers they are going to be showing for. Nevertheless, many college students make errors within the course of by choosing any random code. Particularly college students from rural areas the place most college students use the portal via web cafes. Normally, individuals within the cafe make these errors. After they seem for the examination, our system doesn’t recognise it (the code) and therefore (they’re marked) absent seems of their marksheets. That may be corrected in the event that they apply for re-evaluation with their course particulars.”

College students complained in regards to the college portal too. PGSU Vice-President Nabadeep Borgohain mentioned that the portal itself was extraordinarily inefficient. “IUMS (Built-in College Administration System) is the portal that GU makes use of. The third-party firm providing the college this service is ITI. GU’s five-year contract with ITI ends this month. One among our calls for is that the college search for a special system or spend money on a system of their very own, in order that college students can recover from this unhelpful portal,” he acknowledged.

Choudhury, nevertheless, maintained that there was no concern with IUMS. “The portal has no downside, and is obligatory for many universities. The complaints with ITI are a special matter,” he remarked.

In the meantime, Gauhati College has already began entrance examinations for its masters programmes.

Mrinmoy Barman, a third-year Zoology pupil from Nalbari Faculty, mentioned that if the re-evaluation course of doesn’t occur quickly, their possibilities of getting admission for masters into GU and different universities in Assam appears tough. “Filling up kinds has already begun for the post-graduate admissions. GU has already charged Rs 850 to Rs 1,000 per utility. These college students who already submitted their utility have found now that there are ‘Fails’ of their fifth semester outcomes,” he mentioned. Mrinmoy alleged that his marksheet had three ‘absents’ although he appeared for all of the exams.

College students mentioned that’s not the primary time that the college has had points with its examination course of. “Yearly, we have now to sit down for protests or undergo a protracted course of to look for exams and get our outcomes easily. When will these issues cease?” Mrinmoy requested.

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