Mangaluru, June 24, 2016: Mangalore University, assured that no errors will be repeated, discrepancies, which also question the sanctity of examination, have cropped up during semester exams that ended last week.
AMUCT, Association of Mangalore University College Teachers, which met recently, to discuss discrepancies, has concluded that outsourcing of examination-related work is the major reason for things going wrong at Mangalore University, sources said.
A lecturer, who took part in the meeting, revealed that people from the outsourcing company, who do not even have knowledge of examination and its sanctity, were collecting answer sheets. As a result, some of the answer sheet bundles had two-week old answer sheets, which is a violation. "We were shocked to find answer sheets of May 10 examination in the bundle of answer sheets of May 21. According to rules, the answer sheets must reach designated valuation centre at the end of the day," the lecturer said on the condition of anonymity.
One side of the front page of OMR answer sheet has to be removed for coding once the candidate hands over the answer sheet after exam. However, negligent outsourcing personnel have torn even answer sheets written by candidates. What is more careless is they have hurriedly patched torn answer sheets to other answer sheets instead of patching it to right ones.
The meeting also discussed about MU answer sheets having watermark logo of Bengaluru University. Apart from it, lecturers who are designated for valuations are forced to correct examination papers that are not their specialised area, a source said. E.g: if a lecturer is specialised in analytical chemistry, she/he is given environmental chemistry papers for correction. This occurred because answer sheets did not reach the centre on time. "On a single day, lecturers evaluated two different papers," the source added.