‘We have received this information that the proper coding of answer scripts shall be replaced with simple folding of the first page bearing Roll No. and name of the student, which can be misused very easily’
Skeptical to the new evaluation procedure adopted by the Controller of Examination, Jammu University for checking answer scripts, civil society in Rajouri and Poonch has shot a letter to the concerned officer regarding repercussions of the new format.
According to an official, privy to the development, Jammu University has reportedly permitted local staff of Government Degree College (GDC) Rajouri to evaluate answer scripts of local students without any secrecy and identity of the students.
“The Controller of Examination, Jammu University has received a representation from the Civil Society of Rajouri and Poonch, terming the new evaluation procedure objectionable and unjustified,” said an official, adding that the civil society has expressed its concern regarding repercussions of the new procedure.
As per the letter of representation which is in possession of The Typewriter, the civil society has expressed that they are surprised over the move of the Jammu University to allow staff of Government Degree College Rajouri to evaluate answer scripts of local students.
“We the civil society of Rajouri extend full appreciation to Jammu University for changing the evaluation process to declare the results, as early as, possible but at the same it has come to our notice that your office has permitted GDC Rajouri to evaluate answer scripts of its own students, which is highly objectionable and the civil society of Rajouri condemn it,” reads the representation submitted to the Controller of Examination, Jammu University.
They stated that Rajouri and Poonch is a region of communalism, nepotism and favouritism, and there are every chances of discrimination to the students on the basis of these parameters.
“We have received this information that the proper coding of answer sheets shall be replaced with simple folding of the first page bearing Roll No. and name of the student, which can be misused very easily,” reads the representation, adding that more than 40 percent professors have their children studying in this college and they will easily manipulate the evaluation in favour of their own wards giving setback to other students.
Members of the civil society further expressed that apart from favoritism, the influential parents shall influence the staff for a higher percentage of their children. The poor students, who do not have any access to the teachers will suffer a lot and undue benefits, will be to the students who otherwise don’t deserve. Our submission is an under.
“There should be proper coding as per the norms of the University and the external staff should be engaged if the coding is to be done in the College,” reads the representation, adding that no first page-folding in place of proper coding is advisable. It will lead to the disclosure of students’ identity and if so happens some students will be benefited and others may be damaged out of communal prejudice.
The civil society also stated that the answer sheets of one college can be evaluated in the other colleges, which will be an impartial process. They suggested that answer scripts of College in Poonch must be evaluated in GDC Rajouri and vice versa.
“This is an examination system and not a mockery, so its sanctity must be maintained. If a college is allowed to evaluate and examine its own students, the University will be unable to fix up the criteria to declare the results,” reads the representation, adding that let the results be out a little later, but the sanctity of examination should not be diluted.
Talking to The Typewriter, Controller of Examination, Jammu University, Prof. Rajni Kant refuted the claims and said that there is nothing like this.
“Answer scripts from various colleges will be collected in one of the district colleges, from where they will be mixed up and after coding, as per existing procedures of the Jammu University, scripts shall be sent to different evaluators,” said Prof. Rajni Kant, adding that government wants to finish with examination till 30th of September, but examination of Jammu University are ending on 15th of October, thus, “In order to declare results on time, we have decided to setup 10 to 12 evaluating centres.”