s many as 74,948 first-year students remained absent on the third day of the Intermediate Examination.
Moreover, 21 malpractice cases were booked under Section 25, of the BIE Act.
None of the candidates, however, came to the exam hall late, that is after 9 am, though 390 students were allowed inside the exam hall during the grace period of 8.45 am to 9 am.
One case of “impersonation” was detected at the Vivekavardhini Vocational Junior College, Jambagh, Hyderabad.
The culprit was handed over to the cops.
After nine days of high drama, the authorities at the English and Foreign Language University reopened the three reading rooms inside the library for students. The decision came after some protesting students broke the library door on Tuesday and barged inside.
"On Tuesday, the university had completely blocked off the library for students. There was no prior notice nor had the authorities cited a valid reason. The decision was taken without consulting the student representative in the 12-member committee. However, we are happy that the reading rooms have now been reopened,” said the students.
The Eflu library has three large reading rooms that are widely used by students (hostel and day scholars), teachers as well as the non-teaching staff.“Most of us get to read the newspaper, magazines and even surf the Internet as WiFi facility is available. PhD students prepare for presentations in these rooms,” said a student.Eflu has around 1,564 student, of which about 400 are research scholars and about 1,000 are pursing graduation. The university collects Rs 1,000 from each scholar towards library fee and Rs 500 from the under-graduates. An additional service charge of Rs 300 is also collected.
“In interest of the students, the university has decided to reopen the library. However, disciplinary action will be initiated for breaking the library door,” said a senior member from the Eflu administration.
Evaluators of the Board of Secondary Education of AP are paid a measly Rs 6 per Secondary School Certificate (SSC) paper.
The evaluation amount was revised in 2010 from Rs 4 to Rs 6 per paper and had not been increased despite numerous representations, say evaluators.
"The SSC Class X Board examination begins on March 27 and will go up to April 16 across the state; corrections will begin from April 18 and will last for 12-14 days. Hyderabad has two evaluation centres (the venues change every year). Close to 2,000 evaluators will be on the job from April 18 in the city. They are given a target of 40 papers (it may exceed) a day (9 am to 5 pm) and are paid Rs 240. The chief examiner is more or less paid the same amount," the teachers complained.
Aruna M., an SSC evaluator said, "A single mistake can hamper the SSC score and affect a student’s future. Last year, the evaluators had to sit on benches meant for lower standard students."
Venu Gopal, chairman of AP Teachers’ federation said, "We made demands to double the amount to Rs 12 per paper. For a single mistake, evaluators are fined from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 and major mistakes lead to debarment for three years."
The Engineering and Medical Common Entrance Test-2014, scheduled for May 17, is likely to be rescheduled as the counting of votes is also scheduled for that day as per the election timetable released on Wednesday. The decision regarding this will be taken on March 7.
While the Class X, Intermediate and Degree exams will not be disturbed, the online BITSAT, starting on May 14 and ending on June 1, will be affected. EAMCET convenor N.V. Ramana Rao said that as election results will be announced on May 16, and the exam is slated on May 17, it may inconvenience the students. Also, there might be problems with the availability of exam centres. The EAMCET Committee will soon decide either to advance the exam or postpone it.
“The EAMCET Committee, along with state government officials, will decide on a new date for the examination depending on the availability of invigilators, police officials, venues etc. The meeting will look into the pros and cons of postponing or advancing the exam,” said Mr Ramana Rao.
According to officials, the engineering exam will be conducted from 10 am to 1 pm, while the agriculture and medicine tests will be held from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm on the same day. To qualify in the examination, a candidate must secure 25 per cent of the maximum marks in EAMCET.