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Anna University Revaluation : 2 in 5 answer sheets make the grade on revaluation


At least two out of every five engineering answer sheets that Anna University revaluates, after students submit applications, receive a passing mark. A student has to submit a separate application for each subject in which he or she has failed.
THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD COME UP WITH A MECHANISM TO HOLD

THE ORIGINAL EXAMINER ACCOUNTABLE, THEY CAN ALSO IMPOSE A FINE ON EXAMINERS WHO FAIL STUDENTS WITHOUT REASON

-P.B.Prince Gajendra Babu, Education Expert

Rise in Applications, High Pass % After Revaluation Show Poor Quality of Assessment of Engineering Papers by Anna University

In response to a request under the Right to Information Act, Anna University said the number of applications for revaluation from engineering students has also been increasing since 2011. Educationists say the increase in applications for revaluation as well as the rise in the number that get a passing score point to the poor quality of assessment. The RTI request was filed by onlinerti.com, and a copy of it is with TOI.


The response revealed that 4.87 lakh of the 11.66 lakh papers that were revaluated by Anna University since 2011 got a passing mark on review. It also said the number of applications for revaluation from engineering students increased from 54,531 in May 2011 to 1.09 lakh in May 2015. In other words, about 40% of the answer papers submitted for review are found to make the grade.
Educationists say this increase raises serious concerns about the quality of assessment and points to the shortage of teachers to correct papers in private engineering colleges.
Educationalist P B Prince Gajendra Babu says he's seen several of instances of huge differences in marks after revaluation. "The university should come up with a mechanism to hold the original examiner accountable. They can also impose a fine on examiners who fail students without reason," he said. "Students' plans have often been thrown off track by the university's poor evaluation standards."



In May 2015, for instance, 2.53 lakh of the 64.18 lakh students who took the engineering semester exams in colleges affiliated to Anna University failed. That semester, the university received 10.91 lakh applications for revaluation and 42% of them were passed.
Dr Mini Rao, a city-based psychologist said, "I got my research methodology paper revaluated when I was doing my masters and ended up with the second rank in the university." She said several students suffer mental agony after failing but do not go for revaluation because it is time-consuming
Students Federation of India (SFI) state president P Uchi Makali said poor students are affected as many cannot afford to pay for revaluation.


A senior faculty member in Anna University admitted that they receive several complaints on revaluation. "About 60 lakh students in more than 600 engineering colleges affiliated to the Anna University appear for each semester exam. But still, the error percentage is low. We don't have a provision to fine erring examiners but we will conduct inquiries if there is a mass failure of a paper checked by a particular examiner," said an official.
Thank to : TimesofIndia