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Examination system comes under fire

Mahatma Gandhi University is likely to introduce certain steps to improve its examination system. The examination process of the university had come under fire on several occasions, especially owing to the delay in conduct of examinations and publishing of results. However, the university does not yet seem to have solved its problems related to the conduct of examinations.

And the latest incident took place at the Government Higher Secondary School, Mulanthuruthy, which was the centre for the B.Com second year examination conducted by the university. Around 340 students had turned up at the venue to write the Part I English (second paper) examination.

The examination was delayed for half an hour after the chief examiner found that only 150 question papers were available. The school authorities immediately informed the university about the shortage of question papers.

The university officials agreed to send the question papers at the earliest from Kottayam. The chief examiner later decided to take copies of the question paper after realising that the examination would be further delayed, as the question papers had to come from the university office at Kottayam.

The university is now considering a proposal to give more powers to college Principals who act as the Chief Superintendents of the examination in the wake of several such incidents reported earlier. According to the university officials, the allocation of necessary powers to the Principals would help in reducing the delay in the conduct of the examination.

The Chief Superintendents would then be in a position to take crucial decisions in an emergency without waiting for decisions from the main office of the university at Kottayam.

This proposal, aimed at improving the management of the examinations, is now under the consideration of the university. The university would have to ensure that the principals are competent enough to carry out the examination duties according to the guidelines.

The university authorities point out that the examination process has become a tough job with the increase in number of affiliated colleges. According to official figures, the number of affiliated colleges has gone up from 98 to 173 over the last two years. The number of examinations has also gone up considerably with the introduction of self-financing courses.

The university authorities had urged the Government to appoint more personnel in its examination wing despite the Government ban on new appointments. Officials say that this would help in reducing the delay in the publication of results. The university has suggested that guest lecturers with two years experience be appointed as additional examiners in view of the shortage of teachers for valuation of papers.

Festival time

It was festival time at the School of Communication and Management Studies (SCMS) group of educational institutions last week. `Tarang 04', a week-long cultural festival organised by SCMS, provided the students a platform to display their artistic talents.

Kalamassery Town Hall hosted the stage events of the cultural competitions organised by the students. G.P.C. Nayar, Chairman of the SCMS group, inaugurated the programme. In the group song section, Nandan Barua and group walked away with the first prize.

Vipin K. and group emerged winners in the mime competition. Abraham P. Alex won the first prize in mimicry competition. Vipin K. and group secured the first prize in tableau.

In the solo song (Eastern) competition, Manju Malathi bagged the first prize. Smitha James won the first prize in solo song (Western) competition. The City Police Commissioner, Vinod Thomas, was the guest of honour at the valedictory session held at the Town Hall and the writer, K.L. Mohana Varma, presided.

The Agni house led by Sanjiv Kunjan Menondas won the overall championship with 111 points. Aju Karunakaran and Suvitha Babu were declared as the individual champions. While Praveen Premkumar was adjudged as `Mr. Tarang', Vineetha Panikulam won the `Ms. Tarang' title.

By G. Krishnakumar

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