BU may withhold results of suspicious BEd students

The Bangalore University is likely to evaluate the answer scripts of all students who appeared for the first semester BEd exam, including those from non-functional colleges.

Whether to withhold their results or not will be decided after an investigation into the matter, Vice-Chancellor Prof B Thimme Gowda said. The BEd exam was held amidst a lot of chaos over irregularities in several colleges affiliated to the university. The exams ended on Tuesday and evaluation would begin from next week, Prof Gowda said.

More than 5,000 candidates appeared for the exams. Nearly 300 of them were disqualified as their identity and admission records did not match.
During inspections of colleges, the V-C had found that some candidates had directly appeared for the exam without attending classes, as orally admitted by these students themselves.

“However, their admission records and attendance records are all in place. We would have to prove it with documentary evidence. Just oral admission would not suffice,” he said. In spite of suspected irregularities, colleges have managed to put their records in place on time for the exams.

Owing to lack of evidence against the colleges, the university would be obliged to carry on with the evaluation. If any evidence is found against them, the results of such candidates will be withheld, added Prof Gowda.

Meanwhile, BU BEd Task Force member Srishar Rao said the colleges had given an undertaking to the V-C that their students would not be eligible for results if they failed to provide students' assignments and records of seminars along with macro and micro teaching programmes. “Anybody can update attendance register and admission records in the last minute. They have to produce details of the other academic programmes conducted,” he said.

The university has appointed Prof Ganesh Bhatta of M E S Teachers' College as custodian of the exam evaluation.

A special Academic Council meeting is also being convened on June 24 to discuss the final report of the BEd Task Force.

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