The results of 1,157 students who took the Bachelor of Business Management exams in November/December have changed overnight. If 23 students who miraculously passed are failed now, 13 who had been declared failed have got first class marks.
The blame for the mess, which has affected the careers of all 1,157 students, has been pinned on the private agency that scanned and tabulated the marks sheets. The erroneous results of the Business Communication paper were announced on February 12.
“Exactly two months later, the TRS Forms Services company told us they had committed mistakes in scanning and tabulating marks of 1,157 answer scripts. We placed it in front of the syndicate in May, which decided to check the tabulation of the answer scripts. The second round of tabulation came out correct. It is a serious blunder, but we have to bring out the true picture,” Vice-Chancellor B Thimme Gowda said.
Bangalore University on Tuesday handed over the revised results, with photocopies of the answer scripts, to principals of the 45 colleges that the students came from at a meeting held in Central College.
“Results of 600 students were not declared as they were wrongly marked absent and 557 students’ marks were wrongly tabulated. Hence, in the revised results, at least 138 students who got more marks will get less and 128 of them who got less will now get more marks,” said Registrar (Evaluation) R K Somashekhar.
Some principals asked the V-C to leave the results of the 23 “passed” students unchanged. “Imagine the effect it would have on the student who comes to know he has failed,” said one of them. But doing so would amount to malpractice, Gowda said. “It would also have legal implications. Besides, a student who got 78 marks instead of only 7 that he deserved would probably think that it was magic.”