RTI reveals nearly 400 answer sheets of B Tech students with marking anomalies
Reply to applications filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has shown gross anomalies in the marks given to the first year B. Tech. students of the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) at Rohtak. Initially, it was found that seven first year B Tech students who were declared as failed in the Essentials of Communication subject were found to have passed with first divisions after re-evaluation. Now, it has been revealed that more than 400 students have witnessed a stark difference in marks awarded, by the original examiner and the first / second re-evaluators.
The difference in marks has been glaring where a student was awarded a zero, ended up with 78 marks after the revaluation. Many other cases have been reported where huge differences have been noticed in the marks. Blatant anomalies in marking in the answer sheets of a variety of subjects has been revealed including Physics, Basics of Electronics, Mathematics, Digital Electronics, Electrical Technology, Eletro-mechanical Energy Conservation and Discrete Structure or Engineering Mechanics. This has lead to debarring of 10 evaluators and re-evaluators who were indicted for erroneous markings by the MDU for 1-9 years depending on the quantum of errors committed.
The first year B Tech examinations were held by MDU in December, 2010 and the results were declared in September, 2011. The students were given 15 days to apply for re-evaluation of their answer sheets and the revised results were released in February, 2012. On the basis of a complaint, an inquiry was initiated to look into the unusual marking patterns and in June 2012, 10 evaluators were debarred from all examination duties.
On a criminal writ petition filed by one of the debarred evaluators, Satish Kumar, challenging the University’s verdict in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a notice has been issued to the MDU by the High Court.