EDUCATION: Errors delay exams

EDUCATION: Errors delay exams – A culture of corruption ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Malda, June 6: Gour Banga University has postponed its Part I and Part II graduation exams that were scheduled to begin tomorrow by a week because of rampant errors on admit cards issued to about 40,000 students.

The university decided on Friday that the Part I exams would be postponed to June 14 and the Part II the next day. In total, 21,000 students will sit for Part I and 18,000 for Part II exams from 21 colleges under the varsity.

The authorities, however, attributed the re-scheduling to the first-year admissions that have started in the colleges. “The colleges will be busy with admission. Moreover, all the colleges could not send the filled-up forms to us. So the university council has decided to postpone the exams,” said officiating registrar Apurba Chakraborty. However, according to university sources, innumerable mistakes have been detected on the admit cards.

“Besides misspelling names, the photographs of the candidates do not match with their names on the admit cards. The roll numbers of Part I examinees were printed on the cards meant for Part II candidates. There were mistakes in college codes also,” a source said.

The computer unit, which had been entrusted with preparing the admit cards, made an inordinate delay in sending them to the university, the source said.

The same computer unit had been assigned with preparing the marksheets last time. But after the results were out in December, the university had found innumerable anomalies, an official said.

The colleges under the varsity are yet to receive the official intimation about the postponement. Principal of Malda South College Partha Chakraborty said his representative was told on Friday that the admit cards were not yet ready. “It occurred to me then that something was wrong. I have asked the students to read newspapers to know the next dates of exams.”

Vice-chancellor Gopa Dutta could not be contacted.

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