UoP blunder costs blind student a year

Sep 23, 2011, 08:17 IST | Alifiya Khan

Student marked absent for Marathi paper; by the time fresh marksheet is issued, law aspirant misses out on admission

Student marked absent for Marathi paper; by the time fresh marksheet is issued, law aspirant misses out on admission
For Khadki resident Roopkumar Yadav, there could not have been a bigger heartbreak than the loss of an entire academic year. What's worse? All this for no fault of his. Yadav, a visually challenged student studying arts in Shivaji Nagar's Modern College, is the latest victim of the ineptness of employees at the examination section of the University of Pune (UoP).

Yadav, who was a final-year degree student, wrote his exams in May with the help of a writer. Yadav was expecting good marks and was looking forward to the declaration of results so that he could pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. He wanted to secure a seat at the prestigious Indian Law Society (ILS)'s law college.
Imagine the rude jolt he got when the results were declared in July.

He had failed in the Marathi paper, as he had been marked absent for that examination. Yadav, who had written the paper, immediately complained to the college who wrote a complaint letter to the university on behalf of the student.

"Despite writing a few times, there was no rectification. The examination department could not find his papers and told him so. Finally, the student and college authorities approached the then Vice-Chancellor R K Shevgaonkar, who ordered an inquiry into the incident. A few days later, his answer sheet was found and it was revealed he had scored 59 marks out of 100," said an employee of the examination department.

Rectified too late
Finally, Yadav was issued a rectified marksheet in August, but by that time it was too late. The student expressed his helplessness to the university authorities stating he had missed out on his law admissions and lost an entire year, as the last date for admissions had passed by the time he got the corrected marksheet.
Shivaji Ahire, controller of examinations at UoP, accepted the mistake of his staff members but said it was unintentional and a human error. "The student had a different seating arrangement and used to sit separately from the other students. When the stack of answer sheets of Marathi paper came to us, we found his answer sheet missing. It had been erroneously put into another stack, and after much searching we found it. The error occurred during paper collection which led to confusion and he was marked absent," said Ahire.
Ahire insisted his department helped the student at the earliest possible.

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