Hyderabad: Is it possible that none of the 2,486 students get additional marks in a revaluation of an exam paper that they applied for? If one were to go by the results declared by Osmania University (OU) authorities, such a possibility does exist.
Engineering students in OU, who applied for revaluation of a paper in the second semester of third year, were in for a shock when not one of them (out of 2,486) benefited from the revaluation. The results of the revaluation of BE Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) regular semester examinations of II, IV, VI and backlog I, III, V semester supplementary exams held in May/June were recently uploaded on the website by OU.
The students were aghast to find a discrepancy in the results. All the 2,486 semester papers (second semester of third year) that went for revaluation were marked as ‘Not Benefitted’ — there was no change in the marks scored by the all students.
The incredulous students cried foul and began the painstaking task of comparing each and every candidate’s results. They were stupefied to find that the result of ‘Not Benefitted’ was similar for all the 2,486 of them who applied for the revaluation by paying Rs 600 per paper. “It’s cheating. They have not revaluated the papers, but put out the results just for the sake of declaring the results,” an angry student told Telangana Today.
When contacted, OU Controller of Examinations Prof Sriram Venkatesh said it was a ‘technical fault’ that led to an error in the result. He also sought to assure that memoranda with the correct result were being dispatched to the students. But, the moot point is how could such a glaring technical fault continued to happen?
According to the varsity’s evaluation norms, followed for 60 years, marks or grades would be increased only if a student gets a difference of 10 per cent marks on the total allotted to the question paper in the revaluation. For example, if a paper is set for 75 marks, a candidate has to secure seven marks or above to see a change in the revaluation result.
“It is completely fair to say that the university has just not revaluated the papers and simply declared everyone as ‘not benefited’,” said Abul Fazal, a final year student at Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology.
Students who spent Rs 600 for each revaluation are now forced to apply for supplementary examinations. “As the fee for revaluation of each paper is Rs 600, the total amount received by the university for 2,486 papers is more than Rs 14.91 lakh. They are robbing us of our money, mental peace and future,” Fazal said.