Delay in BBM 3rd semester result tests students' patience

Exam was held one year ago; dilemma over taking supplementary
Last Updated 16 September 2013, 18:34 IST

Students of the fifth semester of BBM in colleges affiliated to Bangalore University have been waiting for the results of their third semester Business Communication paper for nearly a year now.

Colleges and students say they have been kept in the dark and the university has not given them a reason why the results of this paper have been delayed. However, there are indications that the results will be announced on Tuesday.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, the principal of one of the BU-affiliated colleges in the city said they had approached the university several times asking them why there was a delay in the result.

“Till now, none of the officials has been able to explain the cause for this delay,” he said. These students are in their final year now and their fifth semester exams are fast approaching, even as their third semester results for that particular paper are still not announced. Students who have not cleared the paper in the third semester have one last chance to clear it with the fifth semester exam. Unless the university announces the results, students will not be able to take a call on the repeaters’ exam.

Scanning error, says VC

While principals are saying that they have been kept in the dark with regard to the problem, Bangalore University vice-chancellor Prof B Thimme Gowda has convened a meeting of principals of over 45 affiliated degree colleges in the city to discuss the matter. The meeting will be held in the Central College premises on Tuesday.

Prof Gowda told Deccan Herald on Monday that the delay had happened due to scanning errors.

“We had outsourced the tabulation of results to an agency called TRS, last year. There were scanning errors in the results tabulated of the Business Communication paper.

Hence, we could not announce the results.” Two months ago, the university, at its Syndicate meeting, decided to constitute a committee to look into the matter.

The committee analysed the results given by the agency and compared it with the revised tabulation.

“We have now found that the results compiled the first time (by the agency) were wrong and the results compiled for the second time after verification are correct,” Prof Gowda said. The results for the paper will be declared after the principals’ meeting on Tuesday.

The Vice Chancellor said the students would be given both the results so that they can compare.

Action on errant evaluators

Also, Tuesday’s meeting will focus on reducing errors in the valuation system, the vice-chancellor said. He spoke about taking stringent measures and initiating action against evaluators who do not turn up regularly for valuation work.

“We almost have to beg people to come and do the valuation work. From this time onwards, we will take strict action against those who absent themselves from valuation work. We will initiate measures to disaffiliate the colleges if their representatives do not attend the valuation work,” he said. The valuation from the next semester onwards would be completed much sooner. Scanning will be taken up the very next day of the exam. Those who have to evaluate more number of papers will be asked to start the valuation work sooner than the others, he assured.

(Published 16 September 2013, 18:33 IST)

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