Trial by fire for 900 BU students

Last Updated 29 January 2010, 20:04 IST

The university has now constituted a committee to submit a report on the incident. The varsity  has handed over the case to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the City police.

Extent of damage

Highly placed university sources confirmed to Deccan Herald that at least 10 per cent of the papers meant for revaluation were burnt in the fire. “Around 80 per cent of the scripts were re-evaluated but around 1,100 scripts still had to be revaluated.  Around 10 to 12 units of papers have been retrieved but three units have been damaged in the fire; and we do not know how many papers have been damaged,” a source said.
Efforts are on to identify the answer scripts which were burnt.

Uncertain future

Rohit Ranjan, a bio-technology BSc student at City College, who had applied for revaluation of the genetics paper, said he along with several friends are yet to get the revaluation marks. “We applied in August last year but are yet to get our marks. Some of us have already applied for post-graduate  courses but the colleges are not admitting us because our revaluated marks are pending,” he said.

Now, with the revelation that papers meant for revaluation were also burnt in the fire, the future of hundreds of students remains uncertain.

Papers of examinations conducted in June 2009, including law, BA, BCom and bio-technology courses, were kept in the valuation centre at the time of the fire. Officials at the university reiterated that the fire was unnatural and vested interests were behind it.

Meanwhile, a university committee has been formed to investigate the fire accident. The Registrar of Bangalore University, Dr M G Krishnan, confirmed that a three-member committee comprising himself, Dr P S Jayaramu the Dean of the Arts Faculty and Special Officer (examinations) Shadaksharaswamy had been formed. “The three-member committee will submit a preliminary report in a week. We have also filed a complaint with the crime branch,” he said. Krishnan also said that there was an element of mischief and doubts over the nature of fire.

(Published 29 January 2010, 19:49 IST)

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