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The Times of India | Vaibhav Ganjapure | TNN | January 9, 2016 |

NAGPUR: Even as (Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University) Nagpur University is blaming teachers, particularly from engineering faculty, for delay in result declaration, the latter have come out with a series of startling claims in their defence raising serious doubts over the varsity’s claims about on-screen evaluation. NU top brass, including controller of examinations (COE) blamed the teachers, particularly from private engineering colleges, for non-cooperation and not taking interest in the on-screen evaluation system that would go a long way in expediting result declaration. The COE convened a meeting of all engineering college principals and directed them to ask respective teachers to join the evaluation duties. He also issued a warning that if teachers failed to attend mandatory duties, NU wouldn’t hesitate to take stringent steps as per Section 32(5) of Maharashtra Universities (MU) Act, 1994.

The teachers, on condition of anonymity, told TOI that they were sent back many times from the evaluation centre as answer sheets were not scanned due to large volumes. They claimed that though NU was going gaga over its new system, it was actually a failure, as results were still not being declared even after 45-day deadline as per Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994. The teachers added that even now the evaluation process was yet to commence fully and results are set to be delayed. Blaming the company Promarc Software, which bagged the contract for scanning answer sheets for evaluation, the lecturers claimed that the scanning quality was worst and graphs and figures were not properly visible, thus making it difficult for them to award marks. “Recently, while evaluating artificial intelligence paper, I was shocked to see many pages from an answer sheet missing and only the last page was visible on screen. While evaluating another paper, it was found that some pages of CAD-CAM subject were inserted. It would be injustice towards the students,” a teacher told TOI.
While refuting the teachers claims, pro-vice chancellor Pramod Yeole said it was only a couple of times that the answer books were not scanned due to heavy volumes, but most of the time, evaluators failed to turn up. “We’ve made special arrangements for scanning of graph and figures so that visibility could be better. Moreover, the practical exams are yet to start at many colleges, so teachers can’t claim that exam was over,” he said.  The teachers have another problem of evaluation centres being allotted at far off places. According to them, the two centres Ramdeobaba and Anjuman colleges were inconvenient locations for them to travel for evaluation work. Stating that majority of the engineering colleges were at Hingna, the teachers demanded a centre there. Yeole, however, ruled out any such possibility stating that this problem would remain only for this winter exams. “From next exams, NU would be establishing a bigger evaluation centre at the exam section with a capacity of over 500 machines,” he said.
What teachers say

  • * Answer sheets are not scanned in time due to large volumes
  • * Teachers are sent back many times from evaluation centre
  •  * New system is a failure due to Promarc’s apathy
  • * Scanning quality is worst, graphs & figures not clearly visible
  • * Need evaluation centre in Hingna —–> Courtesy

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