Move aimed at announcing results on time from next year
Answer scripts to have bar codes
Course materials will be sent on time: Vivek Rai
MYSORE: The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) has set into motion the process to bring changes in the examination system in an attempt to announce examination results on time from next year.
Taking note of widespread complaints of inordinate delay in the announcement of results, the university under the new dispensation has accentuated the process of computerising examination section and introducing bar codes for answer scripts to facilitate quick announcement of results.
“We want to bring in transparency in the examination system. The university has made a beginning and the reforms will start giving results by 2010,” Vice-Chancellor B.A. Vivek Rai said.
The Vice-Chancellor said the university had invited tenders for computerisation of the examination section and they would be finalised shortly.
Printed course material would be sent on time from this year, Prof. Rai said and added that soft copies (CDs) of the course material would also be made available for some courses from this year. In a phased manner, this facility would be extended to all the courses, he said.
Noting that block grants and development grants from the State Government and funds from the Distance Education Council were awaited, Prof. Rai said the Board of Management of the university had presented Rs. 43.48 lakh deficit budget for the year 2008-09. The university had an expenditure of Rs. 35.48 crore and its revenue was Rs. 34.57 crore.
Barring Rs. 10 crore which goes towards the staff salary and a small sum for administrative expenses, majority of the revenue goes towards academic programmes, he said. A sum of Rs. 67 lakh had been set aside for the Prasaranga and Rs. 17 lakh for Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Chair, he said.
The university has introduced EPBAX facility to overcome complaints of communication. Students can call Ph: 0821-2519941, 2519943, 2519948, 2519952 and 2515405 for information and queries. The Vice-Chancellor can be contacted on Ph: 9972095149.