Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is going to review the mark moderation in MG University examination which put Minister for Higher Education K. T. Jaleel on the defensive. The government will inform the university that it would like to review the decision to grant one extra mark to a student who failed in one paper in BTech examination. The government is presenting this as a matter of interest and not as a suggestion because the university is a self-governing body.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan discussed the matter with Higher Education Principal Secretary Usha Titus and minister Jaleel on Tuesday evening. It is learnt that the chief minister expressed his disagreement with mark moderation during the discussion. The discussion was based on the university’s report submitted to the government and the remark of the Department of Higher Education.
It was assessed during the discussion that neither the minister nor his private secretary were involved in the mark moderation. The Department of Higher Education assumes that giving extra marks after the results were announced is violation of the rules. Also the syndicate granting the marks directly without getting any instruction from the academic council also is a rule violation. The syndicate has no power to act in this regard.
According to the report of the Department of Higher Education, none of the action was taken under pressure from the minister or his office. It is learnt that the chief minister also accepted this stand. But it was found that the University of Calicut gave moderation in BTech examination in 2012.
Though the decision was taken based on the recommendation of academic council in the Calicut varsity case, the government evaluated that mark moderation after the announcement of results which is a violation of rules.
The syndicate’s decision can be rectified by the syndicate itself. Otherwise the Governor of Kerala, who is the Chancellor of Universities should, rectify it. Due to all these reasons, the chief minister left the decision to the syndicate.
The syndicate has only two options in this matter. Either they should withdraw the extra marks granted or get approval of the academic council after convincing the necessity of moderation in the case.
New allegation against Jaleel
Meanwhile, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that minister K. T. Jaleel is involved in the exam fraud in Technical University also. It is alleged that the minister directly issued an order modifying the preparation of question paper and conduct of examination.
This action was taken without discussing it in the syndicate or academic committees. Chennithala also lodged a complaint with the Governor stating that the minister intervened in the self-governance of the university.
Deserves no response: Jaleel
Minister Jaleel responded that the opposition leader’s allegations are not worthy of getting a response. He comes with a paper every day. Shouldn’t a minister go near a university? If not, what is the job of an education minister, Jaleel asked.