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Move to curb exam loopholes

Gauhati University

Guwahati, Dec. 29: Assam College Teachers’ Association (ACTA) today said it would soon move the three universities — Gauhati, Dibrugarh and Assam (Silchar) — seeking steps to plug the “loopholes” in the examination and evaluation systems in the state’s colleges.

The president of the association, Rana Kumar Changmai, said its zonal committees were studying the problems faced by college students and teachers and submit them to the three universities to improve the examination and evaluation process.

“There should be uniformity in the evaluation of students studying in colleges under the three universities. At present, a college student under Dibrugarh University (without honours subject) has to score minimum 40 per cent to graduate while is it 30 for Gauhati University and 34 for Assam University, Silchar. As a result, a student who graduates from Gauhati University with 30 per cent can apply for a state government job requiring minimum eligibility of a graduate while a student of Dibrugarh University with 39 per cent mark is not eligible because he or she could not clear his or her graduation. This system is depriving many job seekers,” Changmai said.

The association also complained that many colleges did not get the question papers and admit cards on time.

Many colleges have to make photocopies of the question papers because of the short supply.

“The photocopy of question papers may put a question mark on the secrecy of the examination process. Besides, the semester results in colleges should be declared within 45 days. But often it is delayed for over three months. So, we will submit a detailed report to the universities in January for plugging these loopholes,” said the general secretary of the association, Jyoti Kamal Hazarika.

The association welcomed the Assam education department’s recent withdrawal of the prohibition on the promotion of college teachers.

The promotion process of the college teachers remained suspended since 2011.

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