Assam law students allege flaws in exam results, demand correction

Guwahati: Fifth-semester students of law colleges in Assam have submitted a memorandum to Gauhati University (GU) authorities on Monday demanding “rectification of the marks secured in the online exam and declaration of fresh results within a week”.

Several students also staged a peaceful protest through a sit-in demonstration here, shouting slogans and holding placards, before submitting the memorandum to the Controller of Examinations, GU.

“Results of the fifth semester exams declared on February 7, 2022, have caused chaos and stress among students of all colleges. Scoring less than pass marks in any subject isn’t justified. The results are unexpected because the examination was held in the online mode,” the students stated in the memorandum.

“We have found many students who cleared offline examinations of all the first, second and third semester with first division marks have obtained ‘back or less than pass marks’ in the online examination (5th semester),” they stated.

Pointing out technical flaws, the students said the theory examination was held for 56 marks while the marks obtained were out of 80 and that no prior intimation about the calculation of the marks was provided.

“We would like to let you know that such a marking system hugely affects the score of the students,” they stated in the memorandum.

Some students also raised concern regarding the checking of answer scripts.

“The marks obtained have made us believe that the answer scripts were not properly checked, which raises the question whether the marks were given without checking the answer scripts,” they said.

Many students, who appeared in the examination and successfully uploaded the answer scripts, found “that they were absent in the exams”.

“This proves that the university has made technical errors and clearly indicates that the machinery has failed. Such technical errors from such a revered institution are unexpected and also unacceptable,” they opined.

“Therefore, we demand quick action on the raised issues as soon as possible. The students are hugely suffering from mental trauma due to such unexpected results. It can never be acceptable that students who successfully graduated may fail in an open book examination. There can be no justification for the same,” they said.

“We will never accept anything caused due to any technical error or university’s failure to function properly. We ask the administration not to play with the careers of students and request your immediate concern for their welfare,” they stated in the memorandum. 

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