"The complaints were not entirely baseless. There is some substance on what the students are saying and this warrants a serious view of the matter," said UoP Vice-chancellor W N Gade. "We will ensure that the 28 affected students get the maximum benefit they deserve. The University will also examine the disciplinary action needed to be taken against the paper assessors and re-evaluators responsible for these cases," he added.
Around 1.5 lakh students of four year engineering degree courses results were announced in phase in July and August 2012. Later, university started receiving complaints from the students regarding error in their results. Some of the students took the photocopies of the answer sheets, came across that the answers were not corrected well. Other students consulted their college professors and were told that they could have secured better marks, if they have evaluated the paper properly.
The engineering papers assessment and results issues started appearing ion the media, then the UoP decided to set up a three member fact finding panel under former pro-VC Arun Adsool. Form VC of Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Ashok Ghatol and dean of engineering faculty Aditya Abhyankar were the other members.
Sampada Joshi, UoP's controller of examination, said, "Nearly 70,000 post-assessment applications for re-evaluation of marks, all related to engineering faculty, were received by the University. Between 11% and 12% of these pleas resulted in an effective change, which is normal if one considers the annual pattern of re-evaluation outcome for the last few years,"
"A total of 5,278 students applied for the photocopy of their answer sheets and 171 of these later moved their written complaints. These complaints were examined by the Adsool panel which submitted its report to the VC. Of these 28 cases, five each were related to 1st, 3rd and 4th year engineering papers and 13 others were related to the 2nd year engineering papers. We will have to fiend out the errors involved in any specific subject or related to all engineering subjects," she said.
Commenting on the issue, Gade said, "We will have to first fix the responsibility, which will take a reasonable time as the papers were distributed for assessment at various points across the varsity jurisdiction. A show cause notice will be issued ti the assessors and to the re-evaluators in those cases where the error remained even after re-evaluation was done. Action will be based on the explanation or can be refer the matter to the board of examination,"
Gade also said, "Of the 13 university faculties, the engineering and management faculties are known to draw the maximum number of applications for re-evaluation every year,"
"As per the University norms, if the re-evaluation results in a change of more than 10% of the value of the question then it is considered an effective change. In case of less than 10%, the 'no change' remark is given as the same does not impact the overall result of the concerned student," he added.
Meanwhile, the UoP authorities have promised that the upcoming engineering results for the exam which held in November/December will be announced as per the scheduled dates.