Principals asked to produce admission registers, attendance data

Bangalore University (BU) has given its affiliated B.Ed. colleges a final chance to produce on Wednesday either the admission registers with photographs and signatures of students or the online admission form of students with photographs and signatures at the examination centres. If they are unable to do so, their students won’t be to sit for the exam, Registrar (Evaluation) R.K. Somashekar said after university officials held a meting with the college principals on Tuesday.

The principals were also asked to send the internal assessment marks and monthly attendance data of students to the university by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, failing which action will be taken against the colleges as per the Examination Ordinance 2011.

CoD probe

Taking a hard stand on erring B.Ed. colleges, Vice-Chancellor (VC) B. Thimme Gowda warned of initiating a Corps of Detectives (CoD) investigation into cases of irregularities in attendance records of students. This warning was not received well by the teachers and principals of B.Ed. colleges. The meet witnessed heated arguments with Prof. Gowda asking the participants to not get emotional but to take an objective look at the problem at hand.

The 47 colleges, whose affiliation status for 2013-14 is under threat, were asked to submit an undertaking on stamp paper that the students have the required attendance and academic progress before Wednesday evening.

The colleges appealed to the VC to allow students to take up their exams this year and implement all rules and regulations strictly from the next academic year. “It is unfair to bar all students from a college to write their exam based on one signature that is missing from the admission register.

Instead the university can check the records of the college and take action the erring student,” said D.N. Nataraj, general secretary, Unaided B.Ed. College Lecturers and Principals Association.

At the exam centres

Earlier in the day, the same issue of incomplete registers were faced by the various exam centres. At Vijaya Teachers’ College, where students of Gear Innovative B.Ed. College had been barred from writing the exams, college authorities visited the centre to recover their student registers.

However, according to D. Hemalatha, principal of Vijaya Teachers’ College, they also began questioning her about BU’s decision.

S.M.S. Gowda, principal, BES College of Education, a centre for four other colleges, said even they faced problems of incomplete registers. He also alleged that some signatures were fake as some students had never attended a single class, forcing college authorities to cover up for them.