The faults in evaluation process

KU authorities should make the evaluation process convenient and student-friendly

KU CONCERN

AHMAD KASHMIRI

This refers to the examination and evaluation systems in place in the Kashmir University. They say that everything has its own merits and demerits. We find merits and demerits in the evaluation, or the recruitment boards and universities. University is the highest seat of learning and research in education wherein we learn the fundamentals of humanity, rights, management, crisis-management and public relations. But in practice we find the same university lacks the same provisions that we are taught.
Computers have been a major breakthrough in dealing with the complex situations and complaints and claims of evaluation and re-evaluation. Ranging from MICR system of evaluation to the provision of Xerox of answer sheets, candidates get their due rewards and justice. Take the example of JKBOSE. For last several years, despite many odds in other aspects, we find that with regard to re-evaluation of exam papers candidates have been getting justice. Candidates, on request, are provided the Xerox copies of answer sheets against fee. Then they show the same to their experts of choice, and if evaluation-lacunae are found, then the re-evaluators sit and give the claimant his due reward. But in case of Kashmir University we find the provisions lacking. The claimant has to first to submit an RTI application and then only under certain criteria, in case of 40 percent provision for pass marks if a candidate has secured 30 percent marks and above, then only he is considered for re-evaluation. And even if his plea is endorsed and reconsidered for re-evaluation, the time consumption (delay) in most of the cases affects the candidates who have to suffer a lot. They miss the opportunities of the entrance exams for their higher studies and also at the time of applying for jobs.    
Recently the undergraduate professional students of Bachelors Business Administration Course (BBA-III Year) of Government Degree College Sopore have been shown as ‘failed’ by the University of Kashmir. In the recently declared results (Declared on Feb, 2, 2013) of BBA/BCA 3rd Year Annual Examination held in NOV-DEC 2012, out of the total 25 candidates who appeared in the said examination from Government Degree College Sopore, only “two” candidates (one among them with statue-marks provision) have been declared as passed and the rest 23 candidates have been shown a reappear status in ‘Quantitative Techniques’ (Code 305) paper. Even the distinction holders of the previous years of the same course have been declared as ‘failed’ in this subject, while as the result of the other colleges offering BBA Course is satisfactory in the same subject. In the whole valley out of total 806 candidates 425 have passed the course. Thus the pass percentage figuring as 52.73 %, 222 candidates have reappear status, 146 have PMA, 13 have LO Status, and interestingly there’s not a single case with Unfair-means status.
Failing most of the candidates in single subject gives rise to many questions. When the result of the same subject for other colleges is good, it only shows that this particular college is not in the good books of KU authorities. And the poor students, who at present are undergoing coaching for higher studies and various competitive exams including KAS and IAS, have to suffer. The candidates have a basic right to find where they have faulted. And in case of the performance and evaluation, they need to be shown their answer scripts so that they can ascertain it. Mere assurances from the varsity authorities don’t work.
(Feedback at ahmadkashmiri@gmail.com)

Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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