The University of Kerala has put on hold the process of online allotments to postgraduate courses at its affiliated colleges after the trial allotment on Thursday revealed that many high-scoring students of the University had failed to make it to the merit list for various subjects.
Sources in the University told The Hindu that the disparity — between those who studied in the University and Kerala in the last annual system batch and those who passed out from other varsities as the first batch of the choice-based credit and semester system — was most pronounced in the case of Commerce and English Language and Literature.
“When the grades of students from other universities were converted into marks using the formula prescribed by the Higher Education Council, they ended up getting more marks than students from our university. There is not much of a problem in the science subjects or even in the humanities subjects,” a senior University official associated with the allotment process explained.
A student from a leading private college in the city who applied for admission to the PG course in English language and Literature claimed here that even the University of Kerala’s BA topper in that subject had not received a seat in Thursday’s trial allotment. “We did not get any response from the university official whose mobile number was given on the website. When I finally got across to someone in the University, they advised me to talk to the computer centre. We were frustrated and did not know what to do,” the student added.
J. Prabhash, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, said the admission committee for the PG courses would hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss this situation and to suggest remedial action. “The first allotment would be held only after we find a way to ensure that no injustice is done to our students. That will be done as fast as possible,” he said.
Of the 2,036 seats for which trial allotment was published on Thursday, about 1,380 seats have gone to students from the University of Kerala itself. Just about 620 seats have gone to students from other universities, he added.
It is understood that the varsity is considering providing additional grace marks to its own students or to put in place a formula to normalise the scores of students from different universities. However, since this would be a deviation from the provisions of the prospectus, the varsity would have to cancel the notification for admission and the prospectus and issue a new one if such measures are to be effected.
“The students would not have to submit new applications for a revised admission scheme. All the existing applications would be treated as valid,” the senior varsity official added.
However, any move on the part of the varsity to cancel the prospectus now that the process relating to the allotment is underway, runs the risk of being challenged in court.