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Assam varsities agree on uniformity

Guwahati, Jan. 2: Gauhati University will work with other universities in the state to chalk out a uniform evaluation system for students.

The move follows criticism by Assam College Teachers’ Association last week that there were serious “loopholes” in the examination and evaluation processes of Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University and Assam University.

Speaking to The Telegraph, GU vice-chancellor Mridul Hazarika admitted that the evaluation system of the state’s universities needed to be improved in the greater interest of students. He said he was personally in touch with his counterpart at Dibrugarh University.

“Guwahati University will soon hold official discussions with Dibrugarh University and Assam University on how to improve and bring about uniformity in the evaluation process of students,” he said.

According to ACTA, there is no uniformity in the evaluation system of students studying in colleges under the three universities.

At present, a college student under Dibrugarh University (without honours subject) needs 40 per cent to pass, Gauhati University students need 30 per cent and those under Assam University, Silchar, need 34 per cent.

“As a result, a student graduating from GU with 30 per cent can apply for an Assam government job requiring minimum eligibility of a graduate but one scoring 39 per cent under Dibrugarh University would not be eligible for the job because he could not clear his or her graduation. This system is depriving many job-seekers,” ACTA general secretary Jyoti Kamal Hazarika told this correspondent.

The GU vice-chancellor conceded that there should not be differences in pass marks under the state’s universities. “I was not fully aware of such differences in pass marks. Since the ACTA has raised the issue, I will act together with my counterparts in Dibrugarh and Assam Universities to work out a scientific and uniform methodology.”

Sources in the state education department said the universities in Dibrugarh and Silchar were keen on working together with Gauhati University to solve the problem.

Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has already advised the vice-chancellors of all universities in the state to explore the possibility of launching a consortium of universities to share common goals, knowledge and expertise.

Dibrugarh University vice-chancellor Alak Kumar Buragohain said the ACTA’s demand for uniformity in the evaluation system needs deeper study.

The ACTA also complained that many colleges did not get question papers and admit cards on time and had to make copies of the question papers, which undermines the secrecy of the examination process.

According to the academic calendars of universities, the semester results in colleges should be declared within 45 days. The ACTA alleged that declaration of results is often delayed for over three months.

Sources said all the three universities had started executing projects to computerise the process of conducting examinations and declaring results to save time and ensure error-free evaluation.

The zonal committees of ACTA are studying the problems faced by college students and teachers and plan to submit their suggestions to universities within this month.

“I am open to new ideas and discussions on the issue,” he added.

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