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Future of 20 more students in the balance due to Pune University’s goof-up

From across different colleges, over 20 BSc Mathematics students now are uncertain about their future, owing to the mis-evaluation of examination marksheets by the university, which has led them to be marked failed in a subject, Ring Theory, for semester VI.

pune Updated: Aug 01, 2017 12:06 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Savitribai Phule Pune University(HT PHOTO)

After jeopardising careers of nearly 100 students, the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) had yet another administrative slip-up with over 20 more students on the verge of loosing a year. From across different colleges, over 20 BSc Mathematics students now are uncertain about their future, owing to the mis-evaluation of examination marksheets by the university, which has led them to be marked failed in a subject, Ring Theory, for semester VI. Students have scored 10 and even less marks, out of a total of 40 marks.

“After receiving the marksheet we went to the professors and it was revealed that the mistake was on the part of the exam department. We were to have an increase by five to 16 marks in our papers, which would pass all of us,” said Gaurav Pagar, student of Fergusson College, whose dream to pursue higher studies in Mathematics has been halted due to this issue.

Originally from Nashik, Pagar has a total score of 78% in his bachelor’s report, and yet he has failed because of discrepancies in the Ring Theory subject. While, in internals he scored five out of 10 marks, in the externals it has come down to 10 out of 40 marks. Although, he said that he would require two marks more to pass, yet the rechecking with professors revealed that he is liable to get 13 more marks, which would push it to 58% in that subject.

Pagar wanted to do MSc from SPPU and had passed the entrance test to qualify for admissions in Modern College. “Myyear is now wasted because of their mistake. Now I have been asked to wait for evaluation, but by that time, the opportunity will go," he said. For now, Pagar plans to spend the year preparing for the National Entrance Test (NET).

In Pune, a total of four colleges: SP College, Modern College, Abeda Inamdar and SPPU, provideMSc degree in Mathematics, and all these will be closing their admissions before August 25, the day when the revaluation results will be out.

“We are in a very difficult scenario. Unless the University makes a speedy check and helps us get admissions, we are helpless. It’s very sad because I had seen other students, who scored much less than me, get admitted and are to begin college while I am still waiting,” he added.

Mrunali Kumbhar from Modern College, is another such student who scored only seven marks out of 40 in the externals while in the internals she had nine marks out of 10. All she needs is one mark to pass with her existing 32%. But, on showing her paper to a college professor, it was revealed that she deserved almost 16 marks more, bringing it up to 64%.

“It’s very embarrassing and shocking as I have always done very well in studies. The authorities, however, are asking us to wait. And, as I wanted to get admission in Modern College itself, we are planning to meet the college authorities to ask them for more time and a window for consideration. I am hoping for the best for now,” she said.

The students claim that the problem in checking lies in the inefficiency of the moderator who has not re-checked them after being passed forward by the examiners. Students alleged that in their papers, some of the correct answers remained unchecked and many were marked zero despite being correct.

SPPU authorities, however, despite several attempts remained unavailable for a concrete comment. Emphasis,right now, is being put on the re-evaluation only.

First Published: Aug 01, 2017 12:05 IST