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Errors, low scores dog NBU results
- Student unions block NH31 in Siliguri, force Malda colleges to suspend classes

Siliguri, Sept. 17: All major student unions operating in the region are up in arms against anomalies and low scores in the BA, BSc and BCom results declared on September 11.

Members of the SFI, Chhatra Parishad (CP) and Trinamul Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) met the vice-chancellor of North Bengal University, P.K. Saha, today and submitted three memorandums, asking him to rectify the errors and re-examine the answer-scripts. The TMCP and CP also blocked NH31 outside the varsity, disrupting traffic for more than an hour.

Pointing out the errors, the student leaders said the university had marked about 70 examinees from Kaliaganj College in North Dinajpur “absent” against a particular paper when in fact they were all present on that day and had written the exam.

The memorandums also highlighted the case of eight students of mass communication and journalism in two colleges of Siliguri whose scores were more than the total marks possible.

Saha said the affected students of Kaliaganj College can get in touch with the university authorities to get the error rectified. About the “over-scoring” in the mass communication and journalism paper, he blamed it on a misunderstanding on the part of the examiner.

“The examiner had marked on 100 whereas the total was 50,” the vice-chancellor said. “The error escaped the notice of university staff while tabulating the scores because the compilation process has been computerised.”

“These are minor mistakes given that we handled as many as 1,23,000 answer-scripts,” Saha added.

Sudip Roy Choudhury, the vice-president of Darjeeling district SFI, also accused examiners of giving “average marks” to students on a mass scale. “In colleges across Malda, North Dinajpur and some parts of Jalpaiguri for example, the marks of all students in the history honours paper are between 10-12 (out of 50),” he said.

Ratan Das, the district president of the CP, said the pass percentage among commerce students was “amazingly low” this year. “In one college, only about 25 students have passed out of 138,” Das said.

“We have a strong feeling that the evaluation has not been proper,” said Madan Bhattacharya, the north-Bengal convener of the TMCP.

The SFI in Malda has said the university should reassess the answer-scripts of failed students free of cost and the unions here agreed. Saha, however, said a complete waiver of the review fee (Rs 50 per paper) was not possible.

But the vice-chancellor added that students would get a refund if the reassessed score varies from the initial score by more than 15 per cent. “If the variation is more than that, we will accept that the first evaluation was wrong,” he said.

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