THE GAME of speculation has once again begun at the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya (DAVV). The recent announcement made by Raj Bhawan extending the term of acting V-C Dr Rajkamal by another six months or so seems to have signalled this.
Dr Rajkamal was appointed V-C on August 5, 2006, after the then incumbent C S Chaddha vacated the post following a long-standing dispute with the then registrar. Since then, Dr Rajkamal has proved thrice lucky.
His appointment was seen as a befitting reply by Raj Bhawan to end the controversy as several aspirants had started mudslinging for personal gains.
Already stung by the surprise nomination of Dr Rajkamal, those in fray for the post got a rude jolt the second time when the V-C Search Committee headed by Justice Gurbaksh Singh Majhitia was disbanded after completing its term.
For the first time in the State’s history, a Chancellor had taken such an extreme step. The same points that had led to Dr Rajkamal’s sudden appointment worked in his favour again, and without having to contest the warring wannabees, he landed the prize job.
Withered by a series of setbacks the contestants, having made the vice-chancellorship a matter of honour, sprung to life when a new V-C Search Committee was appointed under yet another Justice.
Their cheerfulness, however, was short-lived. The second committee, too, could not arrive at a consensus on any name and failed to meet the standards set by the Chancellor.
Since the tenure of Dr Rajkamal was coming to an end on February 4, the present extension is the outcome of this series of happenings.
Now the university grapevine has it that the aspirants are once again upgrading their resumes. Meanwhile, the staff is mulling over which side to take as if this were a racehorse to bet on. Needless to say, not many are amused by the musical chair game going on in the four-star varsity.
All for a result…
A FEAR psychosis grips students on the very mention of board exams but the same also stands true for teachers. The fear stems from results or the lack of it.
As the date for exams announced by the Board of Secondary Education to be conducted from February 20 to March 5 draws nearer, students and teachers alike can be seen making their own preparations.
While students are spending sleepless nights for preparing well for the exams, teachers have been warned by the Directorate of Public Education for improving school results and try to cover up for the number of missed classes.
Adopting an unsparing attitude, the Directorate has set a target of 60 per cent result in High School examination.
It had been observed that both students and teachers are as much to blame for poor results in government schools and especially those in interior regions.
The government has, therefore, decided to adopt the stick and carrot approach for making teachers to teach and principals to ensure that the attendance of students & teachers besides overall results remains high.
Nearly all teachers are engaged in the mammoth exercise of conducting examination for lakhs of students appearing in High School and Higher Secondary exams every year either through direct invigilation/evaluation duty or indirectly through managing the affair.
Apart from regular inspection teams, several visiting teachers have also been roped in to increase ground staff strength and ensure free and fair exams.
The only support this year in accomplishing this objective working on the side of the staff will be aid provided in the form of a bar coding system (introduced on Maharashtra pattern) for the first time in the State on a test basis in Indore and Bhopal divisions.
However, the fear of boon turning into bane remains as chances of adopting unfair means at any stage will not just be reduced but nearly eliminated, thus leaving the student on his learning and the teacher on his working.