A ‘mercy chance’ to write exam

Mahatma Gandhi University’s ‘mercy’ seems so immeasurable these days.

The varsity authorities have now agreed to give a ‘mercy chance’ examination to candidates, who had enrolled for its undergraduate programme in 1983, to better their results or to pass the examinations. Interestingly, the varsity was established on October 2, 1983.

The Hindu has documents in its possession that revealed that a meeting of the academic council of the university held on January 17 decided to conduct ‘mercy chance’ examinations for even those who gained admission over three decades back. A candidate belonging to this batch would now be 50 years old.

“Several requests for mercy chance examinations for various courses have been received in the university office as detailed below: 1. B. Com 1998 admission; 2. B. Com Off-campus, 1998 admission; 3. B. Ed Malayalam, 1997 admission; 4. B. Sc Electronics, 1994 admission; 5. B. Sc Physics, 1983 admission; 6. L.L.B (five-year), 1994 admission,” according to the university order No. 1746. Ac.AIII/2/Mercy chance exams 2015; dated March 28, 2015.

The order stated that the exam would be conducted based on the scheme and syllabus that prevailed during the academic year mentioned against each course and by collecting the fee as per existing rules. “Further, it was also resolved that if the scheme, syllabus and model question papers are available, one more mercy chance examination will be conducted to all students prior to 2000 admissions, to complete their courses,” it said.

Interestingly, the varsity issued another order (U. O No. 1747/Ac/AIII/Acad 2015) on the same day (March 28, 2015) stating that it had decided to conduct ‘mercy chance’ examinations to candidates admitted prior to 2000-2001 following the scheme and syllabus that prevailed during 2000-2001.

The Hindu asked the officials concerned whether the orders contradicted each other to get a reply that the examinations sanctioned in the first order would be conducted only if the scheme and syllabus were available.

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