KERALA

Calicut University to expedite first-year degree results

TENHIPALAM, MARCH 17. Calicut University has adopted various measures to publish this month itself the results of the first year B.A., B.Sc and B.Com examinations held in May 2004.

The employees of the examination wing are working overtime to meet the deadline set by the university. The university authorities said that B.Com and B.Sc results would be published on March 23 and BA results on March 28.

Incentive offered

The university has offered its examination staff an incentive of Rs. 250 a day if they work extra hours up to 10.30 p.m. to meet the deadline. However, it is understood that the employees have refused to accept the offer on the ground that it will be morally improper for them. The staff have offered to work additional hours even without extra payment, saying that it is their work after all. The university has also decided to introduce centralised valuation system for first and second-year degree examinations. Till now, valuation for only final-year degree examinations was done in central camps.

Two factors are understood to have caused the delay in the publication of the first-year degree results. One, the delay in getting the marklists from the teachers concerned after evaluation; two, insufficient number of computers at the Pareeksha Bhavan of the university.

Till this year, the tabulation and marksheet generation of only professional and postgraduate semester courses were done through computers.

This year, when the university decided that computers would be utilised for tabulation and marksheet preparation of most examinations, it led to piling up of work at the Pareeksha Bhavan.

However, the university is yet to computerise the examination work of B.Sc, considering its variegated branches. Of the 30-odd B.Sc courses offered by the university, some are conventional and some others application oriented.

"Therefore, it is difficult to develop individual software for all the BSc courses now," said P.K. Sasi, Controller of Examinations.

VC's assurance

There are 36 computer systems at the examination wing now. The examination officials said that the results could be announced in time if 70 more computer systems were provided. The Vice-Chancellor, Syed Iqbal Hasnain, said that he would initiate steps to provide the required number of computers.

Students and parents alike had raised concerns over the delay in the announcement of the first-year results.

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