19,933 appearing for PU exams

Poor pass percentage cause for concern in Kolar district; stands 22nd in the State

The district stood at 22nd position in the state in terms of result last year. It slipped from 17th rank in 2008. The reason for the decline are yet to be identified. With the examinations nearing, the question of performance has now taken centre stage.
The Deputy Director of Pre-University Department has issued instructions to the principals and lecturers to take measures for improving the pass percentage. However, the target this time is 60 pc pass.

“The district has been registering an unimpressive 46 per cent pass in spite of providing all the required basic infrastructure. The learning ability of students, the quality of teaching, the learning environment also contribute for the outcome,” Deputy Director of PU Department Vijayavarma told Deccan Herald.

Lecturers have been instructed to stay at taluk centres instead of commuting from far-away places. They have also been asked to conduct classes regularly and give special attention to students lagging in studies. Eighty new lecturers have been appointed to the district this year. Except at a few places, there has been shortage of accommodation. The only thing being wanted in increased pass percentage, he said.
Principals’ association and lecturers’ association, during a meeting held to chalk out measures for increasing the pass percentage have promised to bring 60 pc result this year. The imperative of increasing the pass percentage has been impressed upon them in view of the fact that the Director of PU Board Shankaranarayana also hails from Kolar district.

The PU result has declined owing to new pattern of SSLC question papers over the last two years. The instruction method however has been modified to suit students who pass such type of examination. “We expect to improve the performance this year,” said Suggandahalli Muniraju of PU lecturers’ Association.

There are 23 colleges in the district with  five taluks out of which 14 are government colleges and nine are private. While 11,758 students are freshers, 6,419 are repeaters and 1,756 are appearing as private candidates. The talukwise break-up of the students is as follows:- Kolar (5,412), Srinivaspur (2,842), Mulbagal (2,670), Malur (2,915), Bangarpet (1,806) and Kolar Gold Fields (4,288).
DH News Service

The numbers
*  Pass percentage stands at 46 in the district.
* Target set at 60 pc for the present year.
* Eighty new lecturers appointed.
* wTwenty-three colleges spread over five taluks

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