SRINAGAR: Facing allegations of discrepancies in selection, the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU), Rajouri has cancelled this year’s entrance test for admission to M Phil and PhD programs in Urdu department.
An order issued by Registrar BGSBU, Dr Ashfaq Ahmad Zarri on April 3 said that the entrance test had been cancelled with immediate effect on the recommendations of an inquiry committee constituted on March 26.
A selection list of four candidates to PhD was issued by BGSBU on March 18 with as many candidates in the waiting list.
While toppers in the written entrance test were dropped from the selection list due to low score in viva and presentations, two candidates figuring in the selection list were shockingly awarded 16 out of 15 marks in viva.
The dropped candidates-who had otherwise topped the written test- had cried foul and demanded a probe over alleged favouritism in formulating the selection list even as the BGSBU withdrew the list saying a “typographical error” had crept in.
One of the toppers in the written test told Kashmir Reader that there had been “sheer injustice” and demanded a “probe” into the selection list.
Three of the four selected candidates had scored less than the dropped ones in written test. They, however, made it to the list on the basis of a higher score in the presentation part.
None of the dropped candidates had been awarded marks in double digits for the presentation.
The varsity awarding 16 out of 15 marks for viva to two of the selected candidates had further added to the dropped candidates’ doubts over the credibility of the selection list.
While the list was issued on March 18, it took the BGSBU’s five days to issue a statement acknowledging “a typographical error in the list, which will be rectified after due process of checking”.
The statement added that the result had been put “on hold”.
This, however, had not allayed the apprehensions of the aggrieved candidates.
“There should be an enquiry into this. I have topped the entrance test. Even my presentation went satisfactory and I answered some 80 percent questions in the viva correctly. Despite all this, they have dropped me,” an aggrieved candidate, pleading anonymity, lamented.
Scoring 61 marks in the written test, the candidate had been pushed out of the selection list after being awarded a meagre 3 points in the presentation and 4 in the viva.
Two more candidates, despite figuring at the top of the written test, had been dropped from the Urdu PhD selection list. Of the two, one had been awarded 6 for presentation and 8 for viva.
The second candidate has been awarded 4 points each for presentation and viva.
“I cannot fathom what basis they have selected the candidates on. I seriously fail to understand. This is sheer injustice,” a candidate said.
Head of the BGSBU’s Urdu Department, Dr Shams Kamal Anjum denied that the score in the presentation and viva was influenced.
Prof Anjum told Kashmir Reader that the candidates had been evaluated in the viva and presentation “on the basis of their individual performance”.