ANDHRA PRADESH

Lecturer accused of meddling with marks

GULBARGA July 3. The future of a majority of students who appeared for the Computer Science final semester examination at the Government Polytechnic hangs in the balance following alleged discrepancies in the evaluation of their answer scripts by a particular lecturer.

The Organising Secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) district unit, Sangamesh, and the Secretary of the city unit, Devendra Hanchnal, have sought the immediate suspension of the lecturer in the Government Polytechnic, Bharat Savalkar, who, according to the students, meddled with the marks in four out the five subjects in the final semester.

They also demanded that the Government order the revaluation of answer scripts of all the students to correct the anomaly. The revised results should be announced before the process of admission for B.E. courses began in the State, they said.

Several students, including girls, who were present at the press conference here today, were literally in tears when they explained their problems.

Sunil Kumar, who scored above 70 per cent in all the five semesters, failed in one subject in the final semester, and now faces the prospect of losing one year in his academic career.

Basavaraj of Gangavathi in Raichur District, who scored more than 60 per cent in all the five semesters, failed in one subject in the final semester. "My parents have taken a loan to admit me to the B.E. course. I do not know how to tell them that I have failed in the final semester," he said.

Students said that of the 43 students who appeared for the final semester examination, five meritorious students failed, and 25 others, who secured good marks in the previous semester, secured marks far below their expectations.

Quoting the students, Mr. Sangamesh said the in-house evaluation of the answer scripts had affected students. The lecturer concerned, who was conducting private tuitions, had allegedly failed those students who did not attend his tuition classes.

Khaja Moinuddin, a class topper from the first semester, secured 71 per cent in the final semester, and another student, Siddorada, who secured 84 per cent in the fifth semester, secured only 62 per cent in the final semester, students said.

Stating that there was no provision for revaluation of answer scripts in the polytechnics, they said only re-totalling was done. There was no provision to provide photocopies of answer scripts to the students on demand. Taking into consideration the previous track record and marks scored in the first five semesters, the Government should order revaluation as a special case and render justice to the students, Mr. Sangamesh said.

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