Chhattisgarh University asked not to conduct Exams for Private Candidates

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Chhattisgarh University asked not to conduct Exams for Private Candidates

The Union Human Resource Development ( HRD ) Ministry has asked Guru Ghasidas Central University in Chhattisgarh not to conduct examinations for under – graduate and post – graduate courses for private candidates for the current academic session.

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has written to Chief Minister Raman Singh explaining that there is an acute shortage of faculty and staff in the State’s government colleges affiliated to the Central University, and this would hamper the conduct of the examinations.

“You would agree that lack of adequate invigilation staff would encourage use of unfair means bringing the examination process into disrepute and detracting from the credibility of the qualifications being awarded by the university.”

Though the exact number of private candidates – not registered with any affiliated college – expected to write the examinations is not known, it is likely to cross 40,000.

Guru Ghasidas University at Bilaspur was upgraded to a Central University in 2009 and an interim arrangement had been made to conduct tests for private students. However, last year the academic council decided not to hold examinations for private candidates following an acute shortage of staff and infrastructure.

Delegation of Students meets Mr. Sibal

However, closer to the examination time, the university came under intense pressure from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress to conduct examinations for under graduate and post graduate courses for private candidates. A delegation of students met Mr. Sibal here following which he called the Vice – Chancellor, Professor Lakshman Chaturvedi, to Delhi.

“I have personally ascertained the factual position from Professor Chaturvedi who has informed me that there is an acute shortage of staff and faculty in the State government colleges affiliated to the university, which will seriously hamper the conduct of the examinations.”

When contacted, Professor Chaturdevi said allowing private candidates to write the examinations were not fair on those students who were enrolled with the university or affiliated colleges as it was bound to get them degrees though they would not be on the rolls.

He aid last year they had to conduct a separate exam for over 38,000 private candidates due to shortage of invigilation staff and seats. “This year the university has to conducted exams for 70,000 students,” he said.

Professor Chaturvedi has been in touch with his counterpart in Surguja University to make necessary arrangements for conducting examinations for private candidates but no arrangements have been made so far, Mr. Sibal wrote in his letter.

Conducting examination for private candidates was an interim arrangement which has now been done away with.

According to Professor Chaturvedi, the students always have the option of enrolling themselves into distance education courses being run by the State universities. The State has a full – fledged open university also.