The students were awaiting results for papers they had given for rechecking last December. The activists from the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS), who had taken up the issue after students approached them, complaining that they had been asked to reappear for the same papers they had given for rechecking, though the results were yet to be declared, have demanded the UoP to exhibit transparency and change the rules for exams conducted across all its departments.
Last month, the UoP, considering complaints it received from the activists, deployed about extra 150 people to correct answer sheets of the students who had requested revaluation. On May 16, revaluation results were declared for 18,000 first-year engineering students, while the results of remaining 42,000 second-year students were declared last week.
“At our behest, the then VC, Sanjay Chahande set up a special revaluation camp with extra teachers to declare results on time. The engineering students were made to fill forms and follow other procedures just two days before the results were declared. We have asked the UoP to declare all results within 40 days after the exams are conducted,” said Kiran Sali, a member of BVS.
The UoP had cited problems in the Controller of Examinations (CoE) department, due to which the results of engineering students, who had applied for revaluation, was delayed. The engineering students give exams for five subjects per semester out of which they are allowed to apply for revaluation of up to any three subjects of their choice.
“Even though students are charged Rs 300 per paper and Rs 400 for revaluation (per paper), the collected money is mismanaged by the the examination department. The university receives government grant in crores, but is not utilising it in enhancing its paper correction system,” said Atul Mhaske, city president of NSUI.