Outages Force BU Staffers to Work More

Published: 05th September 2015 03:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2015 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The power cuts announced by the state government is delaying work at Bangalore University’s examination department.

Power outage at Jnana Bharati campus lasted for many hours longer than the scheduled load-shedding of three hours a day. The university had shifted the Examination Department to the Jnana Bharathi campus and their power back-up is insufficient. This has forced the department staff to work up to 9 pm.

K N Ningegowda, Registrar (Evaluation), told Express, “We have no other option than to ask our staff to work overtime. The power back-up we have is for three hours and as we are facing more than three hours of power cuts, it has become a problem. We are planning to purchase a generator.”

The announcement of results, printing/generating of marks cards, corrections in marks cards and verification of documents is being delayed.

“Every day we need to generate marks cards and declare results. If that is delayed, it affects lakhs of students. On Friday, we had to declare BCA results, but due to the power cut we were unable to declare it till 5 pm. Unfortunately, students were supposed to attend document verification at Karnataka Examinations Authority for admission to MCA/MBA courses,” he said.

According to officials, they are facing outages of up to five hours and Friday was the worst. Though the staff have been asked to work extra, authorities say they will not be paid extra.

“When there is no power that means the staff is sitting without work. We are compensating for that when there is power,” an official said.

Students who have got seats for MBA/MCA courses through PGET and had to get their document verified at KEA told Express, “We have met the registrar-evaluation and requested for an acknowledgement saying the marks cards are delayed. We have got them now.”

Even the science laboratories at the Science Departments are facing problems. PhD students are staying back extra hours to continue research work. The department is considering alternatives to run classes without interruptions.

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