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Online Teniyidie exam flops; VC says NU probing fiasco
Correspondent/Staff Reporter KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Feb. 2011 12:05 AM IST
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In the midst of much apprehension over the online pattern adopted by Nagaland University, Tenyidie degree II students of Nagaland University (NU) appearing their promotional examination on Tuesday had to return home without writing the exam after it had to be cancelled ten minutes prior to the scheduled time.
Citing ‘erroneous question paper’ as the reason for the cancellation, Tenyidie students expressed disappointment at the University, since the exam was called off after students were seated inside.
While Alternative English exam passed off smoothly, those who were to sit for the Tenyidie exam had to leave the hall. It was also reported that students were not informed of the tentative date for exam which was cancelled on Tuesday.
The Tenyidie department reiterated that it had done its part and therefore could not be held responsible for Tuesday’s cancellation. The department maintained that online examination was not altogether practical in the state since there were limited facilities and that question papers could not be produced on time. The NU began online pattern this year, developed by Mindlogicx Infratel Ltd Bangalore, where question papers are sent via internet by the University.
The pattern was adopted after it was initiated and agreed upon by the Vice Chancellor Nagaland University and principals of colleges during a meeting held last year in Dimapur.
VC Nagaland University, Prof. Kannan, when contacted, said he was clueless as to what went wrong that led to cancellation of the examination at the eleventh hour.
He informed that NU authorities were already looking into the matter, and that a new date would be announced soon before the examination comes to a close. Prof Kannan said he suspected the error may have occurred while translating the paper from original to Tenyidie language. The VC said questions papers were first translated from the original and then rewritten before setting the final question paper.
He said the University was implementing a new system and in the process of streamlining the system, such glitches were bound to take place. He also assured those accountable would be held answerable for the glitch exam which was to be held on the first day of degree promotional examination at Kohima campus.
Prof. Kannan also said question papers were being printed an hour prior to the examination to avoid question paper leakage. He also expressed displeasure over some issues in the management of the University, and suspected some people were trying to harass the authorities so as to effect on the well being of the University.
NSF dismayed
Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has also expressed “deepest disappointment” over the “working system” in the Nagaland University, which it described was ”very irregular and irresponsible.”
Blaming the university authority for their “irresponsibility,” the NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu and general secretary O.Wati Jamir, in a joint release, said the federation was “distressed” on the absence of vice-chancellor, registrar and controller of examination during the ongoing university examination.
Also, taking on the introduction of online question papers delivery system, the NSF said it was doubtful as to whether the authority has looked into the feasibility in the exterior and interior examination centres.
Further, expressing surprise over postponement of undergraduate Tenyidie examination, the federation said it has which has created “history in a University.”
“In the light of such anomalies and irregularities detected under the Nagaland University, the NSF outwardly condemns the insincerity of the concerned authority where the career of the students is now at stake at the behest of malice,” they said.
ANCSU takes a U-turn
The All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU), which had earlier said that university’s initiative – online delivery system – incorporated to its charter of demands submitted to NU vice-chancellor May 25, 2010, Tuesday took a U-turn and slammed the university, particularly the vice-chancellor for “overall failure”.
According to ANCSU members, they “inspected” various examination centres throughout the state Tuesday, and were dismayed to discover many errors experienced in various examination centres following the introduction of the online delivery system.
“Many examination centers faced technical errors and had to rely on other centers, nearby, for question papers because newly introduced online system had been poorly planed and the examination data centre was installed only at the eleventh hour without proper trial,” said ANCSU speaker Vilhousielie and assistant general secretary Metsiviko Meyase in a statement.
Also, condemning the company responsible for the new system and the university, the ANCSU cautioned not to play with students’ career, saying no excuse would be entertained for technical problems.
“They shall be befittingly responded,” the union asserted.
The ANCSU also expressed “zero tolerance” over cancellation of Tenyidie examination for undergraduates, and demanded that students opting for Tenyidie should be given enough time, by specifically mentioning the date in advance, and examination be held after the completion of other subjects.
Further, claiming that hall tickets were delayed in various centers, the ANCSU blamed vice-chancellor for “overall failure”, and “for his sugar coated, honey dripping words of assurance on the present online delivery system.”
Meanwhile, the union has placed two-point demand before the university; a) to issue new admit card (documentary form like the past years), during issuance of mark sheets and other documents and b) the answer scrip of the undergraduate students be checked only by lecturers who teaches undergraduate course alone.
The union reiterated that it would not hesitate to take own course of action in case of any failure on the part of the university.

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