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Poor result: CU V-C, others summoned

Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee has summoned the Vice-Chancellor and other senior officials of Calcutta University on Monday in the wake of poor performance of students particularly in Bachelor of Arts (BA) Part I examinations in which 57 percent students have failed.

Out of 64, 453 candidates who sat for the BA (Honours) and BA (General) examinations, around 28,000 students secured pass marks. The results for BA and BSc (both Honours and General) were announced on Thursday.
"The results of Part I examinations have been below expectation. We need to find out the reason behind such a performance. I have called the Vice-Chancellor and other senior officials like Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Registrar and other concerned officials on Monday," Chatterjee told reporters.
It may be mentioned that CU has ushered in a change in the examination pattern from 2016 in BA and BSc and had attributed the poor results to these changes.
"The minister has no intention to interfere in the change in regulation but he wants to find out whether the new regulations have been properly communicated to the affiliated colleges of the varsity and also among the students," an official in the state Higher Education department said.
According to the changes, a student with Honours in both Arts and Science have to clear the Honours subject and have to pass at least in one of the two subjects in the Pass course. For BA and BSc general students, the candidates have to clear at least two of the three Pass subjects.
"Students failed to cope with this change in a pattern which resulted in poor performance," a senior CU official said. Performance in Bachelor of Science (BSc) was much better with 71 percent students in Honours and Pass managing to clear their Graduation. It may be mentioned that around 15,000 students had appeared for the BSc examination in Honours and Pass and around 11,000 of them managed to pass.
The examination for Honours in BA and BSc commenced on July 25 and ended on July 28. The examination for the Pass subjects in both BA and BSc started on August 2 and ended on August 11. The University of Calcutta had released the results of B.Com Part-I Honours, General and Major Examination 2017, earlier last week on January 17. The results in B.Com was far better than the BA, BSc.

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