K T Jaleel intervenes to pass B. Tech student who failed exam; says it was a humanly act
Kollam: Minister for Higher Education K T Jaleel has been alleged of violating norms to intervene and pass a B Tech student who failed in one subject despite revaluation.
Documents showing the appointment of a special committee to revaluate the answer sheet of the student under special recommendation has surfaced. The special evaluation committee formed by the minister provided sufficient marks to pass the student for the subject in which the student could not score pass marks even after revaluation.
The student of Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering in Kollam had earned only 29 marks for the paper Dynamic Engineering in the 6th semester. The minimum mark to pass the exam was 45. Based on a request from the student, the answer sheet was revaluated but he could not get enough marks to pass the exam. Following that, the student once again filed an application for revaluation. But, the university rejected the application as the student had not gained 15 percent marks more than the original score in the revaluation.
Following this, minister Jaleel intervened in the matter. During a file adalat of technological university, K T Jaleel accepted a petition from the student as a special case. He appointed a teacher and directed to revaluate the answer sheet within one week. Later, a committee of two teachers was appointed to evaluate the answer sheet based on a direction from the minister. The special committee gave 48 marks for the student who passed.
Minister Jaleel’s special intervention in the matter was heavily criticised as there were no such provisions for valuation or revaluation. Besides, only pending files must be considered during file adalat. This led to the allegation that Minister Jaleel’s intervention was illegal. Later, the Save University Campaign Committee filed a complaint with the Kerala Governor, who is also the chancellor of the university, in this regard.
Only a humanitarian act, says minister
Meanwhile, Minister K T Jaleel responded to the allegation that this was only a humanitarian act. He added that the student he helped was a brilliant learner who secured 90 percent marks for all the other subjects. Jaleel sad that if he had not intervened in the matter, it would have been a denial of justice to the student. The minister alleged the student failed because of the faults of evaluators.