Akeel Rashid

KU faces ‘technical fault’ in assessing OMR sheets!

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After delay in UG semester evaluation…

Srinagar, Apr 30: Unmindful of the trouble and trauma faced by thousands of students whose semester evaluation is facing inordinate delay of over a year, the authorities at the Kashmir University are OVER-busy preparing for the scheduled visit of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

Talking to ‘Kashmir Images’, a senior official at varsity said that given the rigorous preparations put in place by the authorities, they are very much sure that NAAC assessment, scheduled to be conducted on May 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, would fetch it the desired accreditation – which makes it eligible for release of central funds to the tune Rs 100 crores under various schemes.

With just one day to go for the visit by the NAAC team to begin its evaluation of the Kashmir University (KU), the varsity has already started receiving negative assessment from its 5th semester undergraduates (Batch-2016) whose 3rd semester “Evaluation Status” was declared last Sunday.

A group of students, who had staged a protest at KU on Monday told ‘Kashmir Images’ that majority of the students, currently studying in 5th semester, are failing their 3rd semester objective type examination paper.

“It took Kashmir University almost one year to evaluate our Optical Mark Reading (OMR) sheets and now the evaluation status is totally flawed,” protesting students alleged.

“We have compared the carbon copy of our OMR sheets to the result uploaded by the KU under the supervision of our concerned teachers, and it is clear that there are discrepancies in the evaluation process,” they added.

The students further said that there is no order in the examination process of KU as the final result of 4th semester has been declared prior to that of the 3rd semester results.

When contacted, KU’s Controller Examination, Farooq Ahmad said there may be some “technical faults” due to which there are some discrepancies in the 3rd semester results.

“We have to evaluate at least 1.5 lakh papers and errors are inevitable,” he said.

When the officer was asked if the NAAC team will take into consideration the complaints of the undergraduates, he brazenly said: “I am a professor and NAAC assessment has no bearing on my position. All the negative outcome of NAAC assessment will affect the students only!”

The Controller Examination was also asked if the reason for introducing OMR technology was to declare examination results within minimum possible time, why are the examination results still being delayed.

First, the Controller claimed that KU is declaring all the examination results “within stipulated time” but then he himself contradicted his claims by confirming that “KU is yet to declare the result of 3rd semester.”

“The students are misunderstanding (confusing) the 3rd semester evaluation status with the final results, which are yet to be announced. By checking out their evaluation, the students are allowed to raise objections against the discrepancies,” he added.

However, many students said that the evaluation status remains same and university never entertains their objections after final result announcement.

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