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Faculty cross at cheating checks

EXAMINATION REFORMS by KGMU have drawn flak even before they could actually be implemented. The criticism has come forth from faculty members who say reforms are unwarranted and discriminatory. Considering the recent leaking of examination papers. the KGMU administration had decided to overhaul the system. For this, a proposal was mooted to double the number of examination papers and also greater involvement of external faculty in making question papers.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 00:20 IST

EXAMINATION REFORMS by KGMU have drawn flak even before they could actually be implemented. The criticism has come forth from faculty members who say reforms are unwarranted and discriminatory.

Considering the recent leaking of examination papers. the KGMU administration had decided to overhaul the system. For this, a proposal was mooted to double the number of examination papers and also greater involvement of external faculty in making question papers.

It was proposed that two sets of question papers would be made for each examination instead of just one set. This was added with a change in the marks of theory papers, which were raised from 60 to 100 for MD/MS courses. Also the powers of respective HoDs were restricted in terms of examination process.

All this was to be tabled before the Academic Council for an initial go ahead, but on Wednesday, the faculty raised its voice against the proposal. A meeting of all heads has been called to discuss the proposal.

“The dean is the head of all academic activities and plays a vital role for every decision in this regard. As all these decisions seem impractical so I have asked the administration to explain the proposals which do not include the consent of the dean,” said Dr SK Agrawal, Dean, Faculty of Medicine.

The proposals as per the Controller of Examination (CoE) were made to check the growing pressure and threatening upon heads to leak examination papers.

But the opposing faculty members say this has created doubt about the integrity of the HoDs who would lose “control” over the examination process if the proposal was implemented.

The proposal, as per the UP University Act, 1952, has to be tabled in the Academic Council and then the Executive Council meeting before being implemented. But with growing discontent among teachers, there are chances that reforms may be dropped even before being given a proper thought.

However, the opposition from the teachers has brought them face to face with the Controller of Examinations’ office.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 00:20 IST