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Kashmir University accused of fraudulent evaluation; career of students at stake

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Srinagar, Oct 9: Several undergraduate students on Tuesday accused Kashmir University (KU) of erroneously failing them in, at least, one subject of their final semester.
The varsity declared on September 19 the results of the examinations held in May-June.
A group of students that visited The Kashmir Monitor said they acquired the copies of their papers under RTI and got them revaluated in their respective colleges.
Surprisingly, they said, the students were found to be scoring more than what the university evaluation had awarded them.
A B Sc student from Pulwama Degree College said he was astonished to see himself failing in mathematics, the subject he has already qualified the postgraduation entrance test for at Kashmir University.
“I have been given only 18 marks in mathematics. When I got my paper re-evaluated at the college, I scored 50 marks. I had also cleared the KU entrance in the subject and now the university is not letting me enrol. It is going to cost me a year,” said the student.
Coordinator Exams at the college, Professor Gulzar, said the copies of the papers, which the students got from the varsity, were re-evaluated by their departments concerned.
“Most of them had done fairly well and were passing with good marks. The copies were checked by the group of two to three professors to see if there is any variation in the marking done in the first evaluation,” he said.
“We found a lot of variation.”
The college has sent an application accompanied by the answer booklets to the examination controller at KU.
So far, however, it has not received any response from the university.
Controller Examination, Kashmir University, Mohammad Yusuf Bhat, said, “There is a legal procedure for revaluation of paper. Students have applied for revaluation and the result will be declared with 15 days,” he said.
Asked that the delay in result would ruin the students’ one year, he said, “They are not first-grade students. They have not worked hard, so they have applied for revaluation and it will take time to declare the result. They have to wait for another year to get admission in postgraduation.”