LU?s Gaurav sinks through the floor!
LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY (LU) made a mockery of Rashtra Gaurav! Friday saw anarchy all around the campus as a large number of examinees turned up to appear in the Rashtra Gaurav examination. Some took the examinations sitting on the floor. Others gave the exams while taking a stroll in the verandah. In a nutshell, there was absolute confusion on the campus.Updated: May 20, 2006 00:09 IST
LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY (LU) made a mockery of Rashtra Gaurav! Friday saw anarchy all around the campus as a large number of examinees turned up to appear in the Rashtra Gaurav examination. Some took the examinations sitting on the floor. Others gave the exams while taking a stroll in the verandah. In a nutshell, there was absolute confusion on the campus.
The examination went off smoothly in the morning shift. But, during the afternoon shift, the varsity witnessed some unpleasant scenes. Some examinees were seen running away with the question papers (booklets) and others snatched the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet from teachers. Even as the students ran about, the officials remained a mute spectator to the whole drama.
Watching students in such large numbers, the teachers engaged on the examination duty remained silent and did not raise any objections.
An examinee said about half a dozen students shared the same question paper and answer in one room. “If this is not mass copying then what is it?” he questioned.
Teacher engaged in the examination duty flayed the officials of the examination cell. They said it reflected the casual attitude of the LU administration and particularly that of the examination cell. They invited everybody to appear in the examinations without actually making adequate preparations. It won’t be exaggeration if one says that the sanctity of the examination was undermined.
Rashtra Gaurav was introduced a few years back from now. Though marks obtained in this examination are not counted with the total aggregate, it is mandatory for all the undergraduate examinee to clear this
examination once in three years. For a change, this year LU effected a change in the mode of question paper and introduced optional question paper pattern.
Controller of examinations RBS Verma, however, held the students responsible for the entire confusion. He said: “Going by the examination forms, some 3,500 students were expected to appear in the Rashtra Gaurav paper. Surprisingly, it was not the case as a large number of them turned up for the exam. Hence we had to struggle a lot but somehow we managed it.”
How many students have appeared in today’s exam? Sadly, Verma could not furnish information. However, unconfirmed sources suggest that not less than 10,000 examinees took today’s paper. Some of the teachers alleged that LU should have made better arrangements for the examination after controller Verma had talked about it at a press conference.
On contacted Pro V-C RS Yadav admitted that a large number of examinees had turned up then expected. “The problem got further compounded as heavy rain lashed the city when the examination was about to begin. This forced the examinees to run from one place to another in search for shelter. But the good thing is that Rashtra Gaurav is just a qualifying examination and its marks is not added to the grand total.”