Varsity's apathy may spoil students' career

  • Bhawani Negi, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: May 19, 2014 19:52 IST

The students studying at the Himachal Pradesh University continue to be at the receiving end for no fault of theirs.

This came to light after the recent declaration of Masters of Mass Communication (MMC) exams, semester III, held in November last year.

In the exams held on November 26 last year, paper XI of both regular and correspondence of the International Centre of Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL), as many as four questions were missing out of ten.

Normally, students have to attempt 5 out of 10 questions, but in the question paper provided, they were asked to attempt five out of six questions.

When the students pointed out the mistake, the invigilator informed the authorities. Additional four questions were added after the lapse of about 45 minutes by distributing photocopies of questions, leading to a time loss for which students were not given an extra time.

The authorities have not taken any action about students demands of cancellation of the paper and an enquiry about the error cropped in the paper.

The Student Central Association has requested vice chancellor (VC) ADN Bajpai to cancel the paper, but nothing happened so far.

With the incumbent Controller of Exam (CEO), Narinder Awasthi, proceeding on leave, the inquiry regarding the matter was taken up by the then officiating CEO SS Chauhan, who later closed the case.

A recent inquiry by HT revealed that the authorities had admitted the fault by claiming that only 20 to 25 minutes were lost in rectifying the problem.

Meanwhile, when contacted the CEO, Narinder Awasthi has accepted the fact that there has been a mistake on the part of the university authorities who could have compensated the students by giving them extra time.

Passing the buck on the Dean of Studies (DS) who had not acted accordingly in providing suitable relief to students, he said that now as the case was closed he could not re-open it.Officiating DS, SS Chauhan who had then also been officiating CEO passed on the liability to DS, Suresh Kumar, who had examined the case and is to retire next month.

"He should have recommended for relief," said SS Chauhan.

A student Indu Negi expressing disappointment said, "Although I am aware of my aggregated marks, I am yet to receive my marks card. The error has definitely spoiled my chances of scoring better."

Besides, some ICDEOL students, too, have failed to perform better and some even failed in the paper.
Vice chancellor ADN Bajpai ignorant about the matter, however, assured to inquire into the case.

"We had immediately taken strict action against the printer by debarring him. I probe the matter," said Bajpai.

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