Durg university debars 43 students for trivial mistake

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2018 10:34:21


Staff Reporter,


In what could be termed as a harsh punishment that might spoil career of students, Hemchand Yadav Vishwavidyalaya (HYV), Durg, has debarred 43 students from appearing for semester examination, slated to be held in the month of December/January, for trivial mistake in their last semester examination.  Repeated plea to the university administration by the affected students to soften the stand on their issue has fallen on deaf ear.  How callous the university administration is can be gauged from the fact that a number of students have been deprived of next semester examinations for writing only a few words on their hands.

According to the website of the HYV, the university has penalized a total of 64 students for unfair means (UFM) in the semester examinations held in the month of May and June, 2018.  14 BEd-II semester students, 5 BEd-IV semester students and one MSc-IV semester (Mathematics) have been given Allowed To Keep Terms (ATKT means “B” category). The whole semester examinations of 28 BEd-II semester students, 5 BEd-IV semester students, 2 MEd-II semester students, one MA-IV semester (English), one MA IV semester (Economics), one MSc IV semester (Botany) and 5 BBA- IV semester students have been cancelled by the university and these 43 students have been put in the ‘C’ category because of it, the students will be deprived to appear in their next semester exam. One examinee has been debarred from appearing at the succeeding two examinations. The university had not even given these students a chance to present their side which is a normal practice in state universities like Pt Ravishankar Shukla University in unfair means (UFM).Some examinees have submitted a mercy plea to the Vice-Chancellor of HYV Dr Shailendra Sharaf on Thursday urging him to lessen the quantum of penalization so that they could appear in their next semester examinations in December/ January.

Meanwhile, several affected students claimed that they had not used unfair means in the exam and actions have been taken against them. “in one case, one diagram of triangle was made on my sari. The flying squad noticed the diagram. For this mistake, my whole semester exam was cancelled. I am frequently requesting the university to be flexible on its stand and make punishment mild for the sake of students’ future. But the officials of the university remain adamant on their decision,” lamented one of the girl victim.
It is to be mentioned that the Central Universities and National Law Universities let the students go with a strong warning for their first mistake, or deduct some marks in some cases or cancelled the particular paper as maximum punishment.

At a time, when the university is facing acute shortage of teaching staff and students are deprived of proper education, such action is not less than harassment for them. However, Vice Chancellor Dr Shailendra Sharaf said that the university followed all the rules while taking action in the UFM cases.It is learnt that the Vice Chancellor has authority to diminish the punishment in the interest of the students. According to educationists, the university should not be so harsh on the students.

Talking to The Hitavada, Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey said that he was not aware about this issue and however, the State government has taken various measures to improve higher education system in the state to bring transparency.