Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Mahatma Gandhi University is receiving brickbats for the inordinate delay in the conduct of examinations and publication of results.

The breakdown in the examination system has triggered protests among the student community. They fear that the delay might adversely affect their career prospects.

N.M. Shyam, a student of B.Com. (off-campus programme), who initiated legal steps against the university authorities for the delay said: "I could not attend the campus interview held recently following the delay in the conduct of examination. The final year examinations, scheduled on March, were held only in May. Results of the examination were published in November. But the authorities published the results of the B.Com. (regular) students in June," he said.

Rajan Varghese, faculty of Union Christian College, Aluva, said the university was yet to publish the results of the first semester postgraduate examinations held in August. Prof. Varghese said that students of various degree programmes were also in trouble, as the results of the main papers were pending.

He said the entire academic system was affected following the delay in the conduct of examinations. "Most of the courses are running behind schedule," he said. Reacting to these allegations, Registrar of Mahatma Gandhi University M.R. Unni said that acute shortage of employees in the examination wing was one of the reasons for the delay in conduct of examinations and publication of results. Prof. Unni said: "The university conducts about 8,000 examinations every year. Majority of the employees in the examination wing are taken on a temporary basis," he said.

The Registrar said the Government should lift the ban on appointment to put the system back on track. But parents and students wanted immediate steps for streamlining the examination system. "The mental agony of losing a year is really tough," said Joseph Thomas, a parent. He requested the authorities to evolve a professional method for resolving the problem.