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Marks card issue gets complicated

BANGALORE, AUG. 21. The marks card error issue has got more complicated. Blunders in marks cards of colleges coming under Bangalore University seem to have become a norm.

While the university claims that errors, which crept into the first year provisional marks cards of some second year B.Sc. students of Mount Carmel College, had been rectified, the students have a different story to tell.

On Thursday, these students found that there were errors in their marks cards and some of them had been declared failed as they had got zero marks in the Botany practical paper. Some students along with a teacher brought this and other glaring mistakes to the notice of Bangalore University <129>authorities on Friday and the corrected marks sheets were sent to them on Saturday morning.

Errors not corrected

But the problem remains. Of the corrected marks sheets of 38 students, many still contain errors, the students told The Hindu.

And these errors have appeared in the marks sheets of students from other institutions too, including Jyoti Nivas College and BES College.

Numerous complaints

One of the students who had approached the university authorities, said she was told by an official that they had received around 1,500 complaints from students.

One of them said that though she was a Sanskrit student, the provisional marks sheet sent earlier had marked her as a student of French and the word "absent" against it even though she had appeared for the Sanskrit examination. The rectified marks card showed the same error, she said.

Another student's marks card shows that she has got zero marks in Botany practical examination, even after the correction was made.

One of the biggest bloomers made by the Bangalore University is this: when Mount Carmel College authorities got the rectified marks sheets on Saturday, it was found that the bundle contained the marks sheet of one Sneha Samuel, who, according to the college students left the college almost a year ago and had not appeared for the final examination.

New system blamed

A note from the university said that errors had crept in because the students had not entered their register numbers properly in the appropriate columns.

So, the computers found it difficult to process the results.

When contacted N. Venkataswamy Reddy, Registrar (Evaluation), admitted that the errors were caused because of the new bar coding system introduced by the university.

"There is some problem with the system. We will rectify the errors in two days," he added.