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30,000 evaluated answer scripts destroyed

Minister urged to order an inquiry

SHIMOGA: Several students’ organisations have expressed shock over the fire incident at the Kamala Nehru National College for Women here on Saturday evening in which nearly 30,000 evaluated answer scripts of degree examinations conducted by the Kuvempu University were destroyed.

They have urged Minister for Higher Education Aravind Limbavali to order an inquiry into the circumstances leading to incident as it appeared to be handiwork of some disgruntled elements.

Meanwhile, uncertainty over the status of the answer scripts has upset the students who may now have to appear for the re-examination for “no fault of theirs”. Registrar (Evaluation) of the university A. Rame Gowda said here on Sunday that an in-house committee would be constituted shortly to go into the causes that led to the fire.

Mr. Gowda, who visited the college on Sunday was talking to The Hindu on Monday. He, however, said that the police would do a separate investigation as a complaint had been filed with them by the college authorities. He said it was a matter of great relief that damage to answer scripts was not of the gravity as was apprehended initially.

Mr. Gowda said that of 43,450 answer scripts of English, marks sheet of 25,108 evaluated answer scripts was intact while 20,000 evaluated English answer scripts were intact. Answer scripts of other subjects which were kept separately were intact, he said, and added that the evaluated answer scripts would be re-evaluated before awarding marks. Mr. Gowda said that students would be given the option of appearing for the re-examination or to retain the marks already awarded. However, students who had failed would be given an opportunity to appear the re-examination.

He said that a decision in this regard would be taken before the colleges reopen on January 8.