‘Sit for next exam’, TU’s ready-made answer to students affected by its negligence

Aditya Dahal

Sankhu, February 26 (RSS): Tribhuvan University in the results of BBS 3rd year- 2074 BS issued a notice that answer sheets of 69 students of Sindhuli Multiple Campus were missing, requiring them to sit for a re-examination.
Though the affected students initially protested what they termed ‘negligence’ of a public university, citing it would affect their future, they finally had no way except to giving in to its order.
Ganesh Dahal of Sindhupalchowk who attended the Bachelor’s-level second year (regular) exams from the Chabahil-based Pashupati Multiple Campus was taken by surprise when he saw the result sheet as it stated that he was passed in four subjects and absent in one.
He visited the Balkhu-based TU Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE) many times with the proof (attendance taken during the exam) that he attended all five papers, but was greeted with a cold and terse response.
Then, he registered his complaint at the Hello Sarkar, the government official portal to listen to public grievances, following which TU admitted that his paper was lost, promising to find it. Dahal does not have any idea when the TU OCE will find his ‘missing’ answer script. It has been already a year.
Shyam Sundar Yadav has the story to share with about the irresponsibility on the part of the country’s oldest university. His daughter Chandrika Kumari passed the Bachelor-level, and her mark-sheet also showed that she had passed the examination. But her happiness turned to be short-lived as her transcript detailed that she was absent in exam. Yadav visited TU many times in a bid to make correction in the transcript, the TU staffs never responded to him professionally, leaving him annoyed. He questions himself why all this?
These are few representative cases to show that how TU students have been affected and tortured by anomalies of Office and the negligence of its staff.
Following every results, students reaching the OCE at Balkhu to notice its weaknesses in handling the answer sheets are not one, two or ten, but they are in the hundreds. But to their dismay, the OCE staff frequently respond them with a readymade answer, “Appear in next exam”. TU is not only an academic institute, but the future of scores of students across the country is associated with it.
Controller of Examinations, Pushpa Raj Joshi admitted that answer sheets of some students were missed, and they are being searched for. Still no progress, once it gets, students will be informed.
The OCE carries out many works related to organisation and educational administration. In terms of its responsibility, it has to carry out many works related to the students’ academic certificates and transcripts, remaining close to the students.
But a minor error of this vital body of the university has made the future of many a student uncertain.
Not to speak about the hassles related to obtaining the transcript, there are so many instances of negligence and anomalies within the OCE that hundreds of students have to suffer as the Office is found issuing wrong registration number and also misplacing the exam answer scripts.
“The web of anomaly in the Tribhuvan University, the country’s oldest institution of higher education, is indescribable. This is palpable more so at the OCE at Balkhu in the form of the office employees’ utter negligence in preparing students’ transcript, mark-sheet, assigning registration number to students and proper handling of the answer scripts. Sometimes, the students also have to face the rude and cold behavior of the employees,” an annoyed student shared.
A large number of students can be seen making rounds at the OCE at Balkhu every year whenever the results are published, applying to make corrections in the spelling of their name, their registration number or mark-sheets. The students have to pay a certain fee for correcting such mistakes and slips on the part of the OCE.
One more anomaly that has proliferated at TU is the emergence of the middlepersons. Students do not get their mark-sheets and certificates even though they fulfill all the process for acquiring one. The OCE employees are accused of dilly-dally in providing these papers to the students in one or the other pretext or lapses, complained Sushil Ghimire of Sindhuli, a student at Baneshwar Multiple Campus.
There are also no sign boards at the different sections at the Office of the Controller of Examinations where service seekers from across the country come for getting various works done, including taking mark-sheets, certificates, transcripts etc. There is not even a citizen charter explaining the processes that a service seeker needs to fulfill for getting a certain work done from the OCE.
This sorry state of affairs at the OCE of the country’s oldest and largest university begs for drastic reforms to make its works effective to the extent of satisfaction of the students.