BU and its endless evaluation woes

Varsity to obtain faculty list from colleges to keep tabs on valuators

Bangalore University (BU) officials who struggle every semester to complete valuation on time and without hassles have now come up with a new proposal to ensure that all evaluators report to examination work.

The university will now obtain a list of all the faculty in aided, unaided and government colleges from the Department of Collegiate Education to keep tabs on the number of staff in every college and the corresponding number who are designated for the evaluation work. The university has been facing endless trouble with getting the valuation done on time as the evaluators go missing.

“The list will be given to the Board of Appointment of Examiners which can assign lecturers to evaluation work based on the list,” said BU Registrar (evaluation) R K Somashekar. In the ongoing valuation for undergraduate courses, out of the 820 evaluators assigned for commerce answerscripts, only 600 have turned up, according to Somashekar.

The turnout for BA courses was 75 per cent and that for English 70 per cent. The valuation of BBM answerscripts saw even lesser turnout of just 60 per cent of the valuators. The valuation work was supposed to be completed by January 6. But with no evaluators, the process is likely to be delayed by at least another week. As a consequence, the results will also be delayed.

As of now, university officials expect the results to be tabulated by the end of January.

While in the case of private colleges, the university suspected ghost faculty to be one of the reasons for people not turning up for valuation, in the case of government colleges, senior faculty abstained themselves from work, BU V-C Prof B Thimme Gowda said. In a measure to initiate stringent punishment, the Local Inquiry Committee (LIC) visits for renewal of affiliation to these colleges would be held back for the time being, he added.

Owing to delay in the valuation work, the next semester will commence only on January 16.

Earlier, it was scheduled for January 6, the V-C said. To make up for the loss of working hours, lecturers have been asked to work on four Sundays in February and March (2nd and 23rd of both months).

“We want to close the academic year by April 30, so that we can start the first semester next year by June 25,” he added.

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