Indore: The activists of NSUI and ABVP on Monday staged protests against irregularities in evaluation of answer sheets of common entrance test (CET) though Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) said no irregularity was found in any answer sheet. The complaints suspecting manipulation in score sheets were made before DAVV,  Raj Bhavan and Special Task Force (STF) but no substantial proof was produced by activists.

Three days after the CET results were declared, NSUI activists gathered on DAVV campus alleging that students were awarded lesser marks in the entrance test. They alleged that evaluation of answer books was not carried out properly. After giving a memorandum to the vice-chancellor, the activists went to STF office and lodged a complaint alleging manipulation in score sheet. They demanded investigation by STF into the matter.

Meanwhile, a group of Youth Congress activists led by Abhijeet Pandey went to Raj Bhawan in Bhopal and submitted a memorandum addressed to chancellor Anandiben Patel suspecting that score-sheets of CET were tampered with. They also lodged a complaint with STF office there too.

The ABVP activists reached DAVV in the afternoon and paraded two candidates before vice- chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad claiming that they were “wrongly marked” in the exam. The duo students told the V-C that they were awarded 10 marks less. They said that they had tallied their marks from model answer keys and found that they were granted less marks.

“Taking the allegation seriously, we examined the answer books of both the candidates immediately but their allegations were found wrong. They were awarded the marks they deserved,” the V-C stated. He said five more candidates had turned up before CET chairman Anil Kumar with similar allegations but they were also found wrong. “No irregularity has been found in CET evaluation,” Dr Dhakad added.

A letter issued by CET organising committee chairman Anil Kumar stated: “Although there is no provision of re-evaluation of response sheet, a decision has been taken in the interest of the candidates that if any candidate wishes to get his/her answer scripts reviewed (manually) may apply by submitting an application along with copy of the score card, printed answer script and a demand draft of Rs 2000.”

The candidates have been asked to submit applications by 3 pm on June 5.

“For every correct answer three marks were awarded while one mark was deducted for every incorrect answer,” Kumar said. He said that candidates failed to understand the marking system and calculated their marks wrongly seeing model answer keys. Kumar claimed that their evaluation system was robust and there was no scope for any manipulation.

Ranks to be announced shortly

The vice-chancellor said the ranks of CET candidates will be declared shortly. This year, the university had decided not to rank candidates on the basis of their marks. The university issued marks with no ranks and merit. This led to confusion among candidates and many of them suspected foul play by the university.

DAVV executive council member Alok Dawar met the V-C and raised the issue after which the DAVV announced plans to declare ranks also. “We will declare all India ranks of CET candidates tentatively on June 6,” the V-C said. He also accepted a suggestion by Dawar to reduce security deposit of Rs 2000 to Rs 500 for students will to review their answer books.

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