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Credibility of JNTU Hyderabad is at stake
The ongoing controversy about the evaluation of exam papers by JNTU Hyderabad does not seem to be a case of smoke without fire. The indiscriminate failure of more than 90 per cent of the students that too in more than 2 to 4 papers out of 8 should be a cause for concern.

The likely reasons could be that either the teaching faculty in the engineering college lacks desirable qualifications, teaching caliber and experience; or the students with their poor record of attendance have shown little interest towards the studies or have been unable to receive or understand what they were taught.

Here none of the reasons are proved. For example, the 1st year computer science students studying in one of the top engineering colleges with highly qualified and richly experienced faculty having world-class library, computer lab and infrastructure where my ward too studies could hardly record the pass percentage of 4% in their 1st Semester Regular Exams, the results of which pronounced on 10th inst.

Similar is the case with other branches with slight difference of pass percentage. The students opine, surely the question papers are tough, but we have attempted to answer the questions to the best of our ability, as such, we are sure to have passed, if not with merit, but the results are certainly to their surprise and disappointment. The more astonishing is that even those 4% passed candidates, when interviewed, expressed their astonishment on how they could succeed, when they aren't sure to have passed.

This is a tip of an ice-berg how the JNTUH is at the helm of its affairs, and playing with the lives of the students. The student's aren't sure to succeed in the impending supplementary exams, even if they do well, because of this uncertain situation. The failure between 40 to 70% could have make a sense, but more than 90% of failed result is devastating leaving the students, their parents and lecturers alike in utter chaos. Then the question arises what the real factor is behind such a huge failure of students?

Both the University authorities and Engineering colleges should have collective responsibility to answer this. Because, the parents are unable to find fault with their wards' performance in the light of their hard work, proven attendance of more than 70 to 80%, and their past glorious academic performance; nor can finger at the highly qualified faculty with rich experience available in the college, too. They are at a dilemma. At the same time, it shouldn't be misconstrued that the student(s) who fails to excel in their studies to the required standards prescribed, should be made to pass.

I had been to the JNTUH website and found some of its important features like R.T.I. blog non-functional. Even though the slides announcing last date for re-evaluation / recounting of papers were made to appear, the details such as mode of application, fees, etc. are absent. The process for re-evaluation / recounting of exam papers isn't made online.

Almost all the Government offices have gone online and their schemes and activities have become public. For instance, Board of Intermediate Education (B.I.E.) has made online all the process including re-evaluation / recounting of exam papers.

It is in the context of the policy of the Government that all the Government offices should be digitalized and become transparent. There is no more official secrecy. 12 years have passed ever since the R.T.I. Act. 2005 has come into effect, which over-riding effect on Official Secret Act. The fee of Rs. 1000/- per paper towards re-evaluation / recounting fee isn't on higher side ? While the Osmania University charges Rs. 300/- only for the same. Why this much of difference, is there any justification ? Perhaps, all the above modus operandi from off line of the process to exorbitant fee is to discourage from applying for re-evaluation / recounting of exam papers, and to hide the unscientific and fraudulent policy of evaluation.

It is amazing that the University like JNTUH, which produces Engineering Graduates, has failed to make the above basic process online as against the digitalization policy of the Government. It also goes against the advocacy of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru which made its ideal at the head of its web-site, reads: "A University stands for humanism for tolerance, for reason, for the adventure of idea and for the search for trust. It stands for the onward march of the human race towards human higher objectives. If the Universities discharge their duties adequately then it is well with the nation and people".

But, the way of discharging duties by the JNTUH are found to be exactly the opposite. With such an attitude, the JNTUH has certainly losing its credibility among the students and their parents alike. If, its functioning isn't made transparent to restore faith among the masses, the day is not too far when the students stop taking admissions into it.

Hope, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under whose jurisdiction the JNTUH falls, may take note of these un-healthy developments in the University, review it's functioning in accordance with the digitalization policy of the Government and initiate confidence building measures, at the earliest.

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