Bangalore University to withdraw grading system?

Bangalore University is contemplating  withdrawing the existing grading system for Internal Assessment and switch over to the earlier system of providing marks.

Published: 30th October 2013 07:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2013 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

Bangalore University is contemplating  withdrawing the existing grading system for Internal Assessment and switch over to the earlier system of providing marks.

The issue was discussed in the Academic Council meeting on Tuesday. A majority of the members expressed their views and requested the Vice-Chancellor to review the existing grading system for internal assessment in the interest of the students.

According to the members, due to the introduction of grading system, the students of the university are failing to compete with students from other universities in the job market.

“Most of the universities give marks for internal assessment which will be included with the theory marks. But we give grades and that does not help the students in anyway,” said   BU Vice-Chancellor Prof B Thimme Gowda.

A majority of the members agreed with the V-C. After discussion on internal assessment, Thimme Gowda said: “It is better if the government fixes common parameters for internal assessment. We will submit a proposal regarding this to the Karnataka State Higher Education Council. Let them put it before all the V-Cs and take a decision.”

Till 2010, even Bangalore University used to allot marks in internal assessment. Following complaints from students and some faculties, the grading system was introduced in place of marks.

There were even instances where male teachers allegedly tried to exploit female students just because they could allot 10 marks as part of internal assessment.

“That was the main reason to withdraw internal assessment marks and introduce  grading system in March 2010,” said an official of the university.

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