Siliguri, Aug. 16: North Bengal University has come up with a new regulation on re-assessment to put a check on the huge number of applications received for re-evaluation of answerscripts, a move that has drawn flak from students who said it went against their interest.
Under the new rule only students scoring between 25 and 39 per cent and 57 and 59 per cent can apply for re-assessment.
Those who have scored below 25 per cent and from 40-56 per cent are not permitted to apply for reassessment.
Under the old rule, all students could ask for a re-assessment in at least two papers, irrespective of their scores.
“For the past few years, we had been receiving a huge numbers of applications for re-assessment, so much so that there was no difference between general assessments and re-checking of answer scripts. We observed that all students were asking for re-assessment even when they had secured good percentages. Hence we decided to put a stop to this practice by categorising students into four groups. Under the new rule, students who have got below 25 per cent are not eligible for re-assessment and so are those whose percentage comes between 40 and 56. But those candidates whose percentages are between 25 and 39 percent and 57 and 59 percent are eligible for re-assessment,” said Sushanta Das, the controller of examinations.
The new rule which is applicable for honours and general candidates of Part I, II and III was recommended by a committee set up by the varsity last year.
It was passed by the varsity’s graduate and executive councils last year.
“But since this is the first exam after the new rule came into force, it will be implemented from this year,” Das added.
The authorities said the logic behind restricting students who have scored below 25 per cent is that there is less chance of them making it to the qualifying scores of 34 per cent for general candidates and 40 for honours.
“As for those who have received 40 per cent (and above till 56 per cent), they should be satisfied that they have passed. Students, who are in the 25 to 39 percentage bracket, do have a chance of reaching the qualifying percentage through re-assessment. Whereas those who have scored between 57 and 59 percents may have missed getting 60 per cent by few marks which makes them eligible for re-assessment,” the controller of examination said.
Student unions felt the new rule was discriminatory. “There is no rationale behind the new rule. How can the university for instance say that someone with 56 per cent will not be able to score 60? It is undemocratic of the varsity to issue rules that infringe on the rights of the students. We will approach the authorities soon,” said Abhijit Roy Chowdhury, the president of Siliguri Town Chhatra Parishad, the student body of the Congress and also the in-charge of the outfit in the university.
A member of the committee that recommended the rule admitted on condition of anonymity that the regulation might hamper the interests of students. “Yes, students might be affected but then we don’t have much option. We had to make a choice,” he said. The committee member, however, said all students were entitled to scrutiny or the recounting of marks on the paper.