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Devbrat Patnaik

By Devbrat Patnaik

Berhampur: Plagued by controversies over the past one year, Berhampur University has once again drawn criticism for delaying publication of regular Post Graduate (PG) degree results of the first semester.

As per complaints of the students,  the second semester exams were conducted prior to publishing the results of the first. The result of the examination conducted in June, 2017 has not been published yet, the students rued.

“Of the total 22, results of only two three departments are out. Students of all other departments are still waiting for the first semester results. We cannot assess our performance until the results are out and we cannot improve like this,” said a student requesting anonymity.

Despite having two Examination Controllers at the same time, the results got delayed, the student added.

The varsity has not only failed to publish results of its own departments, it has also disappointed other colleges registered under it.

While many students of Koraput DAV College are currently working with various organisations, they have alleged that they cannot mention MA as their qualification due to non-publication of the results. There are many who have mentioned but are not able to substantiate it with proof.

Responding to the delay, new examination controller Dr Saroj Mohapatra informed that the varsity is making provisions to declare the results by the end of this week.

“While papers were sent to other universities for evaluation, the process is already over and now the papers have again been sent to two other professors for checking. When we sent a reminder to the professors, they informed that they would submit the papers latest by this Friday. We are expecting to receive them by Friday and results will be published immediately after that,” said Mohapatra.

Earlier, the Odisha finance department had ordered an inspection of the accounts of Berhampur University after finding a mismatch between bank deposits and expenditure of the varsity to the tune of Rs 19.64 crores.

Another blot was added to the university when it decided to postpone the convocation ceremony following a letter from Chancellor SC Jamir who apparently refused to be a part of the convocation. However, the Chancellor later decided to carry on with the arrangements fixed by the varsity.

Alleging financial irregularities in utilisation of funds of Berhampur University, the Students’ Union had also demanded a CBI and Vigilance probe into various ‘discrepancies’ and demanded strict action against all those involved.

At a presser organized by the Students’ Union, the student leaders had leveled allegations of serious irregularities in funds released under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (Rusa) and UGC. “These funds are being mismanaged and spent lavishly by the VC Rajendra Prasad Das,” they had claimed.

Pointing at the ‘faulty’ process the Vice-Chancellor adopted to renovate the faculty club into his quarters, the students had alleged that no tender was invited for the Rs 2 crore work. The union leaders also blamed the VC for shutdown of Distance Education course in the varsity arbitrarily, which has affected thousands.

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