Several final-year BSc students have alleged that they have been marked absent in some papers despite having appeared for the exams while others claimed that their mark sheets have incorrect practical scores.
The BSc results of 10,704 students were declared on Friday. The pass percentage this year was 56.88%, a dip of 10 percentage points from last year.
“The university has marked us absent for three or four papers. Our mark sheets have been withheld,” said a BSc microbiology student, who requested anonymity.
This year, the university introduced bar coding and optical marks recognition (OMR) system for better security and faster evaluations, but experts feel the system might have teething trouble.
“They have adopted a new system and there are bound to be mistakes due to this. We hope that they will treat this as an emergency and rectify the errors,” said Father Frazer Mascarenhas, principal of St Xavier’s College.
At Jai Hind College, too, two students have been marked absent for a paper they appeared for.
“We have written to the university asking them to resolve the issue,” said principal Kirti Narain.
Vilas Shinde, controller of examinations, said that mark sheets of 57 students have been withheld and the university will resolve all issues.
“This has nothing to do with the bar-coding or OMR system. Students might have not filled their seat numbers properly or not darkened the OMR circles fully. We will look into it and solve it,” said Shinde.
A group of students from Ruia College also met Shinde on Monday to complain that they had done well in three papers and badly in one.
Students have approached the Forum for Fairness in Education, a not-for-profit organisation. “Since it is a matter of thousands of barcodes across different streams and centres, the university will not be able to solve this problem immediately. It is a question of the students’ lives and futures and I am worried that students who failed due to this mistake may take desperate measures,” said Rajendra Chaudhary, vice-president of the forum.