Change in marking system: Engineering students storm SPPU exam committee in protest
More than 100 engineering students from across the city, on Friday, held a protest against the change in the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) credit system.
Students from various engineering colleges had gathered in large numbers in front of the examination centre building inside SPPU campus, demanding a change in the recently issued government resolution (GR) by the education department.
The government resolution (GR), dated May 18, 2018, states that the science and technology branch of the education department will refer to the 2015 exam pattern for the second, third and fourth-year engineering students, and that the results will be declared according to the 2015 exam pattern. The 2015 exam pattern is based on a credit rating. The GR was sent to all accredited engineering colleges on May 18, but most of the engineering students had already appeared for their examinations without any idea of the change.
Manish Patil from MIT college of engineering, Alandi, is a second-year student who was shocked to see his result. He had failed in five subjects and was to repeat a year in college. “I am a student of the 2014 pattern of engineering, where we had a passing percentage per subject. As long as one scored the passing mark, they will be promoted to the next year. But later, according to the government resolution, the exam pattern was changed to the 2015 exam pattern, which offered a credit rating system of 50 points to students. When we appeared for our exams, we were informed that our results will be according to the old pattern, but when we got the exam results, I was shocked to see that I failed despite getting the passing percentage. The university had calculated my marks according to the credit rating system. This is not fair.”
Vaibhav Dhaigude, Akshay Nemade and Nikhil Pawar, who had come to the protest, had similar tales to tell and each had come with only one thing in mind, to fight for their marks.
“Though the syllabus was the same for the 2012 pattern and the 2015 pattern, the passing grade is different for both candidates. Why is this so? We demand answers from the university,” said Vaibhav Dasgude, a student who refused to budge from the stairs until the University acknowledged the students’ demands to change the discrepancy in marking. The students tried to get in touch with the examination committee, but they were in a meeting. The students were later informed to come back on Monday at 10 am, when the university chancellor will hear their pleas.
The examination centre was yet again surrounded by students later in the day after a few of them came from Nashik. The police had to intervene and control the crowd. The students were shouting slogans and refusing to budge from the premises until the officials paid heed to their pleas.
According to a press release from SPPU, a deciding committee met to discuss the issue and during the meeting, it was decided that as students of all the three patterns; 2008, 2012 and 2015; had studied the same course and appeared for the same exam, the evaluation and results should also be done in a common pattern. The committee has decided that the results of the 2008 and 2012 batch will be calculated in percentage, instead of credits. This decision will benefit all those students who did not qualify for the next year.