Students boycott classes in Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore

Students of Government Arts College, Tiruvannamalai boycotted classes on Thursday demanding enquiry into Tiruvalluvar University results goof up.

Recently released results of Tiruvalluvar University are charged to have too many mistakes. While some results have internal mark break up some others don’t have.

Some of the students got results published for the papers they had passed in the previous semester. A few others results were declared for the papers they did not have in their course. Students who resorted to strike wanted responsibility to be fixed on those who had committed the mistakes. They gathered in large numbers in front of the college and raised slogans.

Police reached the spot and pacified them.

A report from Cuddalore says that students of Periyar Government Arts College here went on a strike for the second consecutive day on Wednesday seeking rectifications of discrepancies that have crept into the 2013 December semester results posted online.

The students alleged that the results were jumbled as students who were aiming at good grades had failed. Those who had not taken the examinations were marked “pass” and those who had written the examinations well were marked “fail.”

Such anomalies were found across the board, from first year undergraduate courses to final year postgraduate courses. On Tuesday, students of Kandasamy Naidu College for Women here too boycotted classes alleging similar complaint.

Two different versions are doing the rounds : the publication of results has been outsourced by Thiruvalluvar University this time on the plea that it was a seasonal task; and certain discontented teachers might have been behind the muddle.

Registrar of the university M.Jayakumar told this correspondent that the issue had been blown out of proportion by certain staff members.

“The university is not against the student population,” he said. It was quite normal that the results released online would have permissible error to the extent of 0.01 per cent.

For instance, of the total number of results for 8 lakh answer scripts written by 1.75 lakh students from 110 colleges affiliated to the university, the results of only about 2,400 were found faulty.

It was a common practice to put up a disclaimer on this score, and the error would be rectified before handing over the mark-sheets (hard copies).

Controller of Examinations P. Asokan said that these mistakes could have been committed by students, teachers and the university. On Wednesday alone the mistakes pointed out by 10 colleges, including Tindivanam government college, were corrected. Mr. Asokan termed it “a vindictive act of those who are keen on spoiling the reputation of the university.”

There were certain teachers who earlier threatened to boycott the valuation of answer scripts seemed to have become hyperactive to provoke students, without any justification.

He gave an assurance that within a week all anomalies would be cleared.

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