CUTTACK: Alleged faulty marking in semester examinations triggered unrest in Ravenshaw University on Thursday with irate students laying siege to the office of the Vice-Chancellor demanding immediate revaluation.
Students of fifth semester, Commerce stream gheraoed Vice-Chancellor Prof Prakash Chandra Sarangi and other senior faculty members for over three hours. They complained that they had been accorded abnormal marks in as many as four subjects of Income Tax, Management accounting, Auditing and Environment Studies.
Each of the subjects carried 50 marks including 40 marks for subjective type that is evaluated externally and 10 marks internal assessment. The abnormalities were mostly found in external assessment with marks reportedly ranging from zero to beyond the maximum 40.
With tension beginning to rise on campus, police were deployed. DCP, Cuttack Sanjeev Arora and local MLA Pravat Biswal rushed to the campus to engage with the agitated students and persuade them to withdraw the agitation. The students were calmed after university authorities assured them of conducting revaluation of all the papers within seven days.
University Registrar Kishore Das said the subjective type questions were set externally and faculty and experts from outside were engaged in evaluation of the papers. Now that the discrepancies have come to light, the papers will be revaluated with a new team of external evaluators and results published within a week.
Police contingent though continued to be stationed on the campus to prevent further flare up.