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Private college exam reins in varsity hands

THE DEVI Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) will henceforth send examiners to private medical and dental colleges. A decision to this effect was taken by the Executive Committee (EC) at a meeting on Saturday.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2007 17:30 IST

THE DEVI Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) will henceforth send examiners to private medical and dental colleges. A decision to this effect was taken by the Executive Committee (EC) at a meeting on Saturday.

The meeting was held at Electronic Multimedia Research Centre (EMRC), Takshila campus. Addressing a press briefing at the School of Computer Science auditorium after the meeting, Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal said that Statute XXVII of the State Universities Act-1957 vests the power of taking over under extraordinary circumstances the examination system of any private college and this power, hitherto unused, shall now be exercised in case of dental/medical and any other private college if the case so merits.

Internal invigilators will now be relegated to the post of exam coordinator, while the university will send examiners. The decision has been taken in light of examination irregularities coming to the fore at private colleges.

The university recently received a dressing down from the High Court in the case filed by Master of Physiotherapy (MPT) students from the private Bhandari Hospital and Research Centre, which was also pulled up. The college gave admission to students in 2003 under the said course and gave its own syllabus. The university blindly gave affiliation and conducted exams.

When results had to be prepared it was found that as the course was not sanctioned the mark distribution and other such schemes did not apply. In 2005 the internal marks were not added and resultantly while a few passed many failed and the students took the matter to court.

Exams were again conducted in November 2006. The Academic Council standing committee in its meeting held on January 3 decided to take the marks allotted in the internals of 2003 and 2005 as the fixed limit for further examination. This, however, has not come as a relief to students of the earlier batches as the committee found that the rules could not be bended for an earlier case.

The decisions of the Academic Council committee regarding dental college results have been approved by the EC. No change would be made in the theory result of BDS final year. Reprieve has come for the students only in practical exams where the ECF found legitimacy in the complaints of first class pass record holding students failing by as little as one mark. The students will get double benefit of a total of six marks in the form of five grace marks and one mark given on the mercy of the V-C.

Dr Rajkamal clarified that as per rule only one of the two could be given at a time, but as the EC considered this to be an extraordinary situation, this step of dual benefit as been taken.

Two B Ed colleges have been given time till January 15 to shore up their performance after which inspection would be held. The Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel College (Sendhwa) and Sewa Sadan (Burhanpur) have National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) no objection certificate (NOC) from State Higher Education Department and affiliation from DAVV, but have not yet had a satisfactory inspection.

It has also been decided to divest the inspection power from Director College Development Committee (DCDC) and hand it to concerned department heads. In the absence of HoD, the Board of Studies Chairman shall undertake the visit.

The EC has also taken important decisions regarding daily wagers in compliance with the State Government directive of filling vacant posts with SC/ST candidates as more number of posts than sanctioned had been filled by general category in the past.

As against 162 posts of LDC, 134 are full leaving 14 posts vacant; similarly about 14 posts are vacant in the class-IV employee category and these posts shall be filled by SC/ST candidates. Employees having served upward of 10 years shall be regularised as per norms. Several contractual posts have also been created for the employees.

The other decisions include making the Takshila campus wi-fi at cost of Rs 13 lakh, which when implemented will become the first in the State to have a hi-tech campus. Similarly, a digital library will be established at a cost of Rs 2.34 lakh and 60 LCD projectors with Internet worth Rs 78 lakh are also being purchased for the University Teaching Departments (UTD).