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GU to tweak grade system

Guwahati, April 10: Gauhati University has agreed to rectify its existing grading system following pressure from the All Assam Students’ Union and other student groups.

Sources told The Telegraph that an internal meeting held between the representatives of Gauhati University, Assam College Teachers’ Association, Assam College Principals’ Council and the AASU on Sunday had found that there was a need to effect some changes in the existing grading system for greater interest of the students. The representatives of the university had assured the college teachers, principals and the AASU to discuss the matter of Sunday’s meeting with vice-chancellor Mridul Hazarika.

A source in the vice-chancellor’s office told this correspondent today that the vice-chancellor had taken note of Sunday’s meeting and agreed to rectify the grading system. Necessary instruction has already been issued to the examination branch of the university to do the needful.

“GU registrar Suresh Kumar Nath has appealed to the AASU and other student bodies to call off their proposed agitation demanding revision of the varsity’s present credit and grading system,” the source said.

AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjya said the ’ union wants a simplified and scientific grading system to evaluate students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

“The present grading system cannot be accepted since it is faulty and has created confusion among the students. The current system cannot give a clear picture to students how they have performed in the examinations. Such state of affairs must not be taken lightly for the greater interest of students,” he said.

The AASU has demanded the university to follow the best grading system of leading universities in the country.

A college teacher said under the present grading system of the university, even if the difference of marks obtained by two students is 20, their grade can be the same.

“Such a situation implies that if a student scores 80 marks out of 100 in a particular subject his grade under the present system of evaluation will be equivalent to another who scores 60 marks. This is unfair to sincere students. In the previous system of marking, the university used to recognise those scoring 80 per cent as distinction holders and first class for those scoring 60 per cent,” the teacher said.


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