BU plans uniform norms for internal assessment

BU plans uniform norms  for internal assessment

The Bangalore University will submit a proposal to Karnataka Higher Education Council to bring in uniform evaluation criteria for internal assessment in all the colleges.

In the Academic Council meeting of the university here on Tuesday, members pointed out that there was no uniformity in internal assessment in the colleges.

Private managements, in order to increase the pass percentage from their institutions are generous with internal assessment marks, according to students and lecturers who have been urging the varsity to ensure objectivity in internal assessment.

While some institutions have earmarked 20 marks for internals some have reserved only 10. The problem arises when students apply for postgraduate courses. The liberal marks awarded in internal assessment for students of private institutions will give them an edge in admissions, the members pointed out.

“It is not possible to do away with internal assessment completely as it would mean that students would be evaluated completely by external teachers who never taught them,” pointed out M K Sridhar, Reader, Canara Bank School of Management Studies.

Finally, the meeting decided that while internal assessment help lecturers grade students more holistically, the university would bring in uniformity in evaluation.

A proposal to the effect will be submitted to the Higher Education Council, Prof B Thimme Gowda,Vice-Chancellor of University said.

The University will also insist on mandatory maintenance of Blue Books in colleges to keep track of the internal assessment.

Cut-off for revaluation

The Academic Council agreed to amend the Examination Ordinance, 2011, for the benefit of students who wanted to apply for revaluation. Until now, those who had got below 15 per cent marks could not apply for revaluation.

However, in the wake of severe problems with valuation this year where several students were awarded zero and many more did not clear the exam, the University decided that students who got a score less than 15 per cent too, could apply for revaluation.

BEd results

Even as the University has given the BEd exam results for 26 colleges, the varsity has not yet declared results for 16 BEd college that were granted conditional permission to conduct examination owing to allegations of irregularities. The varsity has not yet permitted revaluation of papers. Registrar (Evaluation) R K Somashekar said the revaluation will be permitted in another three days' time as the university was waiting for a government order for the same.

“As per rules we have to hold all the revaluation at one time and cannot conduct it multiple times. Hence, the delay,” he explained.  Further, some members raised objections to the Registrar (Evaluation) attending the meeting and asked him to resign from the post in the light of an inquiry ordered against him by the State government, for alleged examination irregularities.

However, Somashekar rubbished the allegations saying they were “old and he had nothing to hide”.

Members also questioned the VC why no action was taken against Somashekar. “Since he is a distant relative, I wanted to ensure transparency in the inquiry against him and hence I have chosen to remain out of it” VC Prof B Thimme Gowda said.

Renewal of affiliation

The varsity has invited applications for renewal of affiliation, additional course, enhancement of intake, permanent affiliation and starting of new colleges for the academic year 2014-15. The renewal of affiliation does not apply to colleges of education.

Colleges affiliated to BU continuously for five years or more, fulfilling NAAC criteria will be eligible for permanent affiliation. The annual fee for permanent affiliation is Rs 10,000 per section. Applications are available at the Office of the Co-ordinator, Prasaranga sales unit, Palace Road. For details, contact Assistant Registrar, Jnanabharathi campus on 22961039.

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