Guwahati: The alleged mismanagement on the part of the of the authorities in Gauhati University (GU) to run its online system, especially those relating to examinations, has adversely affected students studying in various affiliated colleges in Assam.
On Wednesday, a large number of undergraduate (third semester) students had to attend the first day of their examinations without their respective admit cards. This was after hordes of students were seen queuing up for hours to get their admit cards issued, just a day ahead of their semester examinations.
Clueless, the students studying in government and private colleges across the state that are affiliated to GU landed at their examination centres without their admit cards on Wednesday. The university authorities, however, allowed them to appear in the examination without the admit cards.
Expressing concern over the prevailing issue, a guardian of a third-semester student from Pragjyotish College of Guwahati, who was one of those standing in the queue on Tuesday, pointed out that despite the large number of students gathering in the university, no GU official came forward to take stock of the situation.
When contacted by EastMojo, Tridip Chaudhury, coordinator, IUMS cell, GU, refused to comment on the issue for reasons best known to him. New Delhi-based Integrated University Management System (IUMS) is responsible for providing digital services to the university.
GU’s controller of examinations Dr Dhurwajyoti Choudhury, too, refused to speak on camera but assured EastMojo that hall tickets to the third-semester examiners of all students would be issued overnight. He added that students would be able to appear in the examinations even if they failed to get their admit cards, unlike the previous occasions.
Dr Choudhury also said that the university administration is trying to address the grievances of students as much as they can and everything will be in place within a year’s time. However, he refused to make any comment on the alleged glitch on the university website at a crucial time like during or ahead of semester examinations.
“There are a lot of problems. But you have to understand that there are also people at positions above me who are well aware of everything. Until they take the initiative, I am helpless in addressing it,” Choudhury said.
Despite protests and informing the higher-ups in the university on numerous occasions about various other problems faced by students, the authorities concerned at GU have failed to address the problems over the years.
Highlighting alleged financial mismanagement at IUMS cell of GU, a sixth semester student from Pandu College, informed that despite paying examination registration fees through the online mode, he was not provided with a payment receipt and upon seeking an explanation, the authorities concerned are ‘harassing’ him just a few days ahead of the semester examinations.
On alleged delay in declaration of results in re-evaluation of papers, a sixth-semester student from JB Law College, Guwahati revealed that the university administration intentionally postpones several deadlines of results declaration. Sometimes, it takes more than a year to declare such results which affect students financially. “Sometimes we file papers and deposit money for re-evaluation. It takes more than a year to announce the results. Delay in announcement of re-evaluation of results, etc, non-refund of fees, etc, have affected the students over the years,” some students on condition of anonymity said.