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Over 2,000 Pune engineering students may lose a year due to ‘faulty’ evaluation

Almost 435 students were to receive 16 marks each as grace due to incorrect model answer paper in the SOM subject as assured by the SPPU officials on October 5. However, some of them have only received a few marks increased in the re-evaluation results. 

pune Updated: Nov 01, 2017 14:43 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Despite several attempts, controller of examinations, Dr Ashok Chavan, and vice-chancellor Nitin Karmalkar did not respond.(HT FILE PHOTO)

A total of 2,500 students might lose a year due to alleged discrepancies in the examination evaluation by the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). The students from different engineering colleges have been agitating near the vice chancellor’s office since Friday without having stirred the varsity officials.

Despite several attempts, controller of examinations,Dr Ashok Chavan, and vice chancellor Nitin Karmalkar did not respond.

A protest was staged by the students on October 5 against the results, leading the officials to assure revaluation by October 18.“We had to submit a revaluation application with a photocopy of the papers for those wrongly checked betweenOctober 5 to 10. The authorities then had assured us a redressal by October 18 which never came through. Finally, on October 23, they declared the results of only one subject, Strength of Material (SOM), which still has problems that will lead many of us to miss a year,” said Mohit Jahagirdar, a student of DY Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi.

Almost 435 students were to receive 16 marks each as grace due to incorrect model answer paper in the SOM subject as assured by the SPPU officials on October 5. However, someof them have only received a few marks increased in the re-evaluation results.

In addition to SOM, mathematics, structural of design, network analysis and basic mechanical engineering are some of the other subjects which require revaluation. A total of 750 students had applied for second revaluation of their papers.

“Although the university had given October 28 as the ultimate date for releasing results of the other subjects, nothing has been done for it yet. The controller of exams, Dr Chavan, continues to delay it and has said that the vice-chancellor has only allowed revaluation of one subject for now,” added Ashish Nar, a third year IT engineering student atMaharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Alandi. Nar said that he needs only a single mark to pass in Basic Mechanical engineering (BME).

“Our vivas and practicals have begun, and for students from the last year, this is a huge backlash as this means the loss of a year and potential placements,”Jahagirdar said.

“We have been protesting since October 27 and the university officials have been bluntly ignoring us. We don’t have a problem in paying again for re-evaluation, but the university should do something at least,” said Saurabh Garg, a civil engineering student, MIT.

“It is not the first time that such an issue has happened and we believe that there is some internal problem in which Chavan is involved. If issues are not resolved soon, we will be staging a protest to demand his resignation,” Garg added.

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 14:42 IST