Students of Bangalore University (BU), who are convinced that they deserve more marks in their examinations, no longer need to have a minimum percentage to apply for re-evaluation. The varsity’s Syndicate, which met here on Wednesday, decided to relax the eligibility criteria for applying for re-evaluation.

Vice-Chancellor B. Thimme Gowda said students who have scored lower than the earlier minimum requirement (15 marks of the total), can also now apply for re-evaluation. “We decided to relax the eligibility to do social justice. Students who have less than these marks too can apply for re-evaluation, provided they get their [copy of] answer sheets evaluated from an external evaluator and present the same to the university.”

The university will bring an amendment to the Bangalore University’s Examination Ordinance 2011 to accommodate this change, he said.

According to Registrar (Evaluation) R.K. Somashekhar, with this, the number of applications for re-evaluation is set to see a five to 10 per cent increase.

The VC added that the varsity would start maintaining records of scanned answer scripts so as to streamline the examination process.

Credit system

Among the other changes the university is preparing to embrace as it approaches its golden jubilee next year is the introduction of choice-based credit system for postgraduate courses. “Ours is the only university to not have it yet, and we want to put it in place before the National Assessment and Accreditation Council visits us next year. PG students will be given cumulative grade point average (CGPA) along with marks as our present system is dependent on marks,” Prof. Gowda said.

Skill-based courses for B.A. and B.Sc. students could be introduced from the next academic year, along with the four-year restructuring of courses.

Also on the anvil is an infrastructural revamp.

B.Ed. colleges

The Syndicate also ratified the academic council’s decision to let only 14 B.Ed. colleges have a shot at renewal of affiliation. A final call on these will be taken by the local inquiry committees.

With this, only 36 B.Ed. colleges have managed to stay affiliated to BU from nearly 140.

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