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Result delay too pricey

Patna, June 8: At the time when newcomers are collecting admission forms for undergraduate courses in Patna University (PU), their seniors, who should be getting ready for the convocation, have been left waiting for results.

The results of the third-year undergraduate and second-year postgraduate examinations are yet to be published despite the efforts of the university to regularise the academic calendar. The graduation result was scheduled to be published by May 10, while the postgraduate results were to be declared by May 25.

Students at the receiving end are complaining that the untimely publication of results is jeopardising their career plans. Those who wish to apply for postgraduate courses in universities of other states are in a spot, as most universities across the country have started the application process.

Abhay Kumar, a student of Patna Science College, who had planned to pursue a postgraduate (PG) course from Delhi University is worried, as the results for his graduation examination have not yet been published.

Abhay said: I had planned to pursue my PG course from Delhi University but because of the delay in the publication of results, I have no option left.

A source said there were many reasons for the late publication of the results. Many teachers who have been assigned evaluation duty are on leave affecting the marking process.

The sources added that the delay in publication of results is a financial burden on the university. According to the university rules, examiners are paid Rs 12 per paper for the undergraduate courses. For postgraduate courses, examiners are paid Rs 15 per paper.

The rates were increased recently. Apart from the payment for papers, teachers assigned on evaluation duty are also entitled to get Rs 100 everyday. Sources said some examiners take advantage of the situation and extend the period for evaluating the copies, as it is profitable for them.

Moreover, the crunch of employees and teachers in the university is another reason for the delay. The total number of sanctioned posts of teachers in Patna University is around 950 but the university is functioning with just half the strength.

When The Telegraph asked D.N. Sharma, the examination controller of Patna University, he refused to give any particular dates for the publication of results.

Sharma said: I do not have any information about when the results will be published. The vice-chancellor might know the dates.

On being asked if the examination controller was accountable for the publication of the results, he said: I am the examination controller, accountable to the VC.

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