Favoritism mars functioning of IGNOU study centre; students aghast
Islamabad (Anantnag), Oct 27: The students pursuing education through Indhira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) study centre here have accused the administration of favouritism.
“Most of the counselors are the kiths and kin of the administrative or clerical staff who are not qualified enough to teach the subject. It is the clerical staff who run the affairs of this study centre and even have the say in appointing the counselors and allotting marks to the students in the assignments according to their choice,” sources said.
They said, as per University Grants Commission (UGC) norms, there should be a counselor for about 80 students each, but in Islamabad (Anantnag) study centre of IGNOU, a single counselor teaches more than 500 students.
The students complained that the administration resorts to inordinate delay in declaring results of assignments.
“The administration delays sending of the marks of assignments to the Regional Centre even after the results of the theory papers are declared,” students told Greater Kashmir.
Furthermore, they say that the purpose of writing assignments fail to serve any purpose as the administration does not give the evaluated assignment back to the students.
“According to the University rules, the tutor marked assignments should be returned to the students after proper evaluation. But here it isn’t so, for the reasons better known to the administration,” said a student, Mudasir Ahmad.
The students also alleged favoritism and bias while allotting marks after evaluating assignments.
“How come it is possible that a candidate who secures 70 percent marks in theory cannot even secure 50 percent in assignments while on the other hand their favorite candidate who has below 40 percent in theory gets 90 percent in assignments,” the students questioned.
Quoting an instance they said, one of the student who had previously failed in two subjects passed the same subjects (theory) with only 43 out of 100 in MEG-01 and 40 in MEG-04. The student had been given 92 out of 100 in MEG-01 and 91 out of 100 in MEG-04 in the assignments. Contrary to this a student registered under the same course (MEG) under enrollment no. 094982474 has only been assigned 70 in assignment of MEG-04 when he has passed the same subject with 65 marks in his theory.
Despite repeated attempts Coordinator IGNOU Study Centre, Islamabad (Anantnag), Ali Muhammad Dar could not be contacted.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Oct 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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