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Students and faculty complain; Gulbarga University seeks inquiry report Students protest; university seeks inquiry report

Chairman and members of the Board of Examinations will go through the question paperDecision on whether to give weightage in marks or conduct re-examination will be decided after receipt of report

GULBARGA: The final year students of undergraduate courses were in for a shock on Thursday when they appeared for the examination of Sociology paper and found that more than 78 per cent of the questions were out of syllabus.

Angry protests

Following angry protests by students of different colleges and complaints by some of the principals of the affiliated colleges about the difficulties faced by students to answer the questions, Gulbarga University has decided to ask the Board of Examinations (BoE) Chairman and its members to investigate the matter and submit a report immediately to the university.

Vice-Chancellor of the university Pratap Singh Tiwari told The Hindu that the university had received complaints in this regard from both students and principals and promised that the university would take steps to protect the interests of the students.

Expert opinion sought

Dr. Tiwari said along with the Chairman and members of the BoE, experts would also be asked to go through the question paper. Based on the report submitted by the BoE and experts, the university would take a decision on either providing weightage in marks to students or conduct re-examination.

He said although the BoE and the experts had not been given any timeframe for submitting their recommendation, the university would take a final decision on the Sociology question paper before the beginning of valuation of answer papers.

Dr. Tiwari pointed out that BoE, which set the question papers, directly sent them to the printing press. Later the printed question papers were sent in packets of 20 to examination centres.

The university was not in a position to know whether the question papers were printed as prepared by the BoE, he said.