Meghalaya: NEHUSU blames administration for ‘discrepancies’ in allotment of marks

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SHILLONG | June 07, 2019:

The North Eastern Hill University Students' Union (NEHUSU) has blamed the NEHU administration for the alleged discrepancies in the allotment of marks to several students who appeared for the 5th Semester of the under-graduate courses.

"The NEHU administration is solely responsible for the discrepancies in the allotment of the marks. We will not blame the examiners since they are bound to commit errors since they are correcting the papers of more than thousand students. The administration should have taken necessary initiatives to ensure that the examiners are not overburdened," NEHUSU adviser, Rangdajied Marwein told reporters here today.

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According to him, the discrepancies on the allotment of the marks to students were brought to the notice of the NEHUSU by the colleges affiliated to NEHU. He further said that the students, who have been affected are those who are pursuing BA, B'Com and BSC courses. The NEHUSU adviser also revealed that the questions set for the B'Com students was not from the syllabus.

He said about 300 students, from different colleges across the State affiliated to NEHU, have sought re-evaluation of their examination papers after the undergraduate examinations this year.

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The NEHUSU adviser said that most of these students sought re-evaluation of the marks since they were not satisfied with the marks given by the examiner. 

"Now after re-evaluation a large number of students' marks have been corrected. They would be issued new mark sheets," NEHUSU adviser said. He informed that they had organised a mass demonstration to compel the examination department of the university to re-check the papers of the affected students. 

Informing that the examination department initially had washed their hands by stating that majority of these cases are non-genuine in nature, Marwein said that the examination department finally agreed to go for re-evaluation following a mass demonstration. He said that after re-evaluation, the students who got 09 marks finally got 39 marks out of the total 75 marks.

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He stated that the marks were erroneously given due to human error, as well as due to the software that the University uses. "We have urged the authorities that such errors shouldn't recur as it would affect the lives of students," he added. 

NEHUSU adviser also said that the students' body has demanded that the software is changed and the whole process of evaluating the answer scripts must be conducted meticulously as it concerns the future of the students.

Meanwhile, efforts to contact the NEHU administration failed despite several attempts.