Thousands of final-year distance education commerce students, who opted for the revised syllabus, were surprised to find a 100-mark taxation paper with questions only for 80 marks on Tuesday.
While college students take an 80-mark paper because of internal assessments, distance education students have 100 marks exams.
“We will resolve the issue at the administrative level. Whatever they get out of 80, we will scale it up to 100 so that students don’t suffer,” said Vilas Shinde, controller of examinations.
Two weeks ago, the university had changed an earlier order and allowed distance education students to opt for either the old or new syllabus. They had announced that distance education students could follow only the old syllabus. But several students had studied the new syllabus and protested, which is why the order was changed. Officials said this change caused the confusion because question papers had to be formatted again.
More problems awaited distance education student Rashmee Patel. She filled her admission form with her subject options — Financial Accounts, Cost Accounts and Accounts Management. But when her hall ticket arrived she had three papers of business management.
University officials said she had marked the subject codes wrong and should have approached them earlier.
“She was given a hall ticket according to the code number, which she had marked wrong. She got the ticket on April 2, so she could’ve approached us earlier. We have rectified errors for more than 300 commerce students. When I questioned her, she could not say why she had not spoken to us earlier,”said Shinde.