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Third time unluckiest in CU

Calcutta, Aug. 27: After the Madhyamik board and the Higher Secondary council, today it was the turn of Calcutta University to be hauled before the high court. The university had handed an MA Part II candidate a marksheet which even the institution now finds difficult to believe.

The case of the MA student of Calcutta University, Abhijit Sarkar, is intriguing.

Sarkar was given 45 per cent in his MA Part I examinations by Calcutta University in the last academic year. This year, however, when he got the final results (inclusive of both Part I and Part II), he found that he had been given an “incomplete” verdict for all eight papers. These included even the first four papers for which he had been given 45 per cent by the same university.

Sarkar then appealed to the university and got a second marksheet. This one, however, was more intriguing — he had been marked “absent’ for all the eight papers, including — again — the first four papers in which he got 45 per cent.

A hapless Sarkar made another plea to the CU authorities, asking for a fresh marksheet. The joke played on him this time, however, had a fresher twist: he had been failed in all the eight papers.

Sarkar, frustrated with the results of the three marksheets, finally approached Calcutta High Court for justice last week. Today, the court took up his case and Justice Barin Ghosh asked Calcutta University to produce the papers in sealed covers within four weeks.

In another case, the same court passed a similar order, but this time the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education was at the receiving end. Payel Sen, an examinee in Madhyamik 2002, got 698 marks (over 80 per cent) in aggregate and 75 in the second of her Bengali papers. The result of the first paper, however, showed that she had succeeded in scoring only 21.

Sen, like several others who have taken the Calcutta High Court route to get justice, approached the court, saying she was convinced she could not score only 21 in the first paper, especially when she got more than thrice that figure in the other paper of the same subject.

Justice Ghosh, in an order couched in a language very similar to the directive given to the university authorities, told the Madhyamik board to produce the paper in which Sen — a student of Bankura Mission Girls’ School — was given only 21.

Sen is now waiting for the four-week period to conclude when the board would have to submit the papers to the court.

Tuesday’s directives follow two similar instructions given by the same court in the past fortnight to the WBBSE and the West Bengal Council for higher Secondary Education.

Two students, failed in the Class X and Class XII examinations by their respective board and council, had approached the court after getting marks they believed they “could not” get.

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