Law students march against evaluation inconsistencies2 min read
Manipal: The students of Vaikunta Baliga College of Law (VBCL), Udupi, conducted a protest outside the District Collector’s office at End Point on the morning of March 9 to draw attention to the faulty evaluation procedures of the Karnataka State Law University (KSLU), to which their college is affiliated.
The students marched from their college to the DC’s office. Around a hundred students chanted “Down, down KSLU!” and “We want justice!” as they waved banners of protest and made their way across Manipal.
They had written about the inconsistencies to District Collector M T Reju, in order for the letter to be forwarded to Chancellor of the University and Governor of Karnataka H R Bhardwaj on their behalf.
In the letter, they raised issues such as the syllabus and fee structure alongside the issue of faulty correction.
“A lot of us are very hard working. We go well prepared for our exams. Some of us expect to get good marks or be toppers. I myself thought that I had done well for my exams but when the results came, I had failed three of the four subjects we had”, says Abudakkar Siddiq, a second year student in the five-year course.
“To secure a job we need an aggregate of 55% in our course. Given the way our papers are being corrected, the five years we spend in college are going to be a waste”, says Mintumol Antony, also a second year in the 5 year course.
“We’re not only flunking our exams, we are failing miserably. Our scores are in single digits in a 100 mark paper. After we are done with an exam, we always have an idea as to how we have done. So it was shock when our marks are so low, even more so considering we have prepared well and hope to be toppers or rank holders,” says Elizabeth Mathew, a third year student of the five year course.
“We maybe scoring in single digits, but once are papers are looked at again our scores tend to go up to the 50s or 60s. It makes all the difference. To get a reevaluation, we have to pay Rs. 500 per subject. One would think that they were failing us on purpose so that they could make some money out of it,” said another student, who wished to remain anonymous.
The students wrote their exams in January and the results came out earlier this month. Only 16 students of 59 students passed in the first semester.
The students had to wait almost 20 minutes before they were granted entry to the compound. M T Reju told the students that he would see what could be done as he addressed their grievances outside the building.
Sub-edited by Natasha Mendon