CuK students protest against ‘faulty’ evaluation system

SRINAGAR: Students of law at Central University of Kashmir staged a protest demonstration on Monday at the University’s Nowgam-I campus against what they called the “faulty” evaluation system.

The demonstrators, over hundred in number, accused the University of careless evaluation of answer books. According to the students, 78 percent students of fifth semester, in BA LLB programme, were failed in the end semester examination held in December last year.

Although result of five out of six subjects was declared on February 15, result of one subject – Law of Crimes – was withheld “without any rhyme or reason.” However, a month later, when the result was declared, the students were shocked to know that 29 out of 37 students were declared ‘failed’.

The students also accused the University’s Controller of Examinations of “assaulting” the students who approached him with their grievance. “The Controller of Examinations pushed them (the students) out of his office and snatched their identity cards,” said a demonstrator.

Six students later acquired photocopies of their answer books. “To our surprise, the answer books were not marked at all,” the demonstrator said. “Although marks were allotted to all questions, but the examiner did not identify the mistakes.” However, a University’s faculty member said that it was a guideline to not make any mark inside the answer books.

The students also demanded repealing of ‘mean-system’ according to which the students are allotted the average marks obtained before and after re-evaluation. Also, the University charges Rs 500 for re-evaluation of papers, which the students were not willing to pay, saying that the students should not be forced to pay because of the “University’s fault.”

The students now demand official statement explaining the position of the University in this matter, constitution of a committee to internally probe the case, strict action against the Controller of Examination for alleged “assault and criminal negligence”, waiving off reevaluation fees, immediate rechecking of papers, abolition of the mean marks system in reevaluation and providing photocopies to all students.