Former Bangalore University Registrar (Evaluation) Prof R K Somashekar is once again in the centre of a controversy. The university on Thursday issued showcause notices to Somashekar and two other employees of the evaluation department for allegedly issuing 23 marks cards in a day. They have been given three days to reply. According to BU officials, the marks cards belonged to the 1998 engineering batch. “It has been proved in the internal enquiry that the marks cards were issued illegally for fake students in the name of a city-based engineering college, which was affiliated to Bangalore University in 1998,” said an official. “Twenty-three marks cards were signed by the then registrar (evaluation) Somashekar on a single day in 2012. Surprisingly, all of them have applied for mini convocation in 2013,” the official added.
Meanwhile, the university is planning to grant grace marks to students. As per the discussion in the syndicate meeting on Friday, a proposal on the same will be sent to the government. BU plans to provide six grace marks for a total of 600 marks, with a maximum of two marks a subject. The grace marks awarded will be deducted from other subjects where a student has scored more. If a student passes in five subjects and secures 30 in one subject, he will be awarded five grace marks. “It is still a proposal and we need to get approval from the government,” said Vice-Chancellor B Thimme Gowda.