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SFI opposes grading system

Guwahati, April 30: Gauhati University’s recent changes in its grading system have failed to meet the expectations of students. The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) has decided to demonstrate on the university premises on Friday demanding further changes in the system.

The SFI today told the media that instead of plugging the loopholes of the previous system, the recent changes have created more problems.

“Following protests by us and other student organisations, the university decided to replace the system of giving relative percentile with percentage. But even the new process is faulty and needs immediate changes,” said Kashyap Choudhury, joint secretary of SFI’s state committee.

Choudhury said they had held a series of meetings with academicians and experts before pointing out the faults in the grading system.

“According to the new system, the university will use a strange formula by which the difference of one mark will lead to an overall difference of 5 per cent in certain cases,” Choudhury said.

For example, under the new system, one’s overall percentage will be 70 if one gets 69 and 70 in two subjects respectively, whereas the percentage will be 75 if one gets 70 in both the subjects, the student body said.

However, nobody will be able to get more than 95 per cent.

With over 200 affiliated colleges, Gauhati University is the oldest university in the Northeast.

The SFI claimed they had developed a “better” evaluation system with the consultation of experts from across the country, which will be submitted to the university on Friday.

The All Assam Students’ Union is another student organisation that had been demanding changes in the earlier grading system.

Sources said the university had discussed with the Assam College Teachers’ Association, Assam College Principals’ Council and the AASU before making the changes.

The SFI criticised Gauhati University for its failure to declare semester results on time. “The university has failed to keep its promise of declaring the results of various semester examinations by April 30. Students are worried,” said Choudhury.

The student body demanded a meeting among the university, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other student bodies to rectify the loopholes in the present grading system.

The Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti, the student wing of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, today also demanded the university to reform the grading system and declare results on time.

The organisation said they had been opposing the semester system right from its beginning.