Pan­jab Univer­sity on­line roll num­bers leave many in a fix

HT Ludhiana Live - - In&&around - Jy­ot­sna Jalali jy­ot­sna@hin­dus­tan­times.com CHANDIGARH: Pan­jab Univer­sity

Pan­jab Univer­sity's de­ci­sion to al­low its stu­dents to down­load their roll num­bers from PU web­site in case they don't re­ceive th­ese be­fore ex­ams has not gone down well with cer­tain quar­ters which claim that the whole sys­tem is prone to ma­nip­u­la­tion.

The down­loaded roll num­bers are with­out pho­tos of can­di­dates, who are sup­posed to af­fix the same and get the down­loaded roll num­ber card at­tested.

"This move seems to be mak­ing the whole pro­ce­dure more cum­ber­some. Why can't univer­sity web­site have roll num­bers with scanned pic­tures of stu­dents? This seems to be an open in­vi­ta­tion to un­scrupu­lous stu­dents to in­dulge in im­per­son­ation. There is hardly any check es­pe­cially at exam cen­tres in ru­ral ar­eas," a se­nior fac­ulty mem­ber from the PU told Hin­dus­tan Times.

Univer­sity stu­dents too felt that the move was not serv­ing the pur­pose.

Tech­nol­ogy is avail­able

and all we have to do is to put it to use in the best pos­si­ble man­ner. Why can’t we have roll num­bers down­loaded

from the web­site?

Anoop Sharma, an MA stu­dent, said, "Tech­nol­ogy is avail­able and all we have to do is to put it to use in the best pos­si­ble man­ner. Why can't we have roll num­bers down­loaded from the web­site along with pho­tos of stu­dents and some unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber with­out which stu­dents' roll num­ber can­not be down­loaded."

On the other hand, PU con­troller of ex­am­i­na­tion (CoI) Dr Parvin­der Singh said that all the exam cen­tres would be pro­vided data of stu­dents ap­pear­ing there.

"The cen­tre su­per­in­ten­dents can cross- check the down­loaded roll num­ber of stu­dents with the data avail­able

This move seems to be mak­ing the whole pro­ce­dure more cum­ber­some. Why can’t the univer­sity web­site

have roll no.’ s with scanned pic­tures?

SE­NIOR

FAC­ULT Y MEM­BER with them to en­sure that no im­per­son­ator ap­pears in the ex­ams," Dr Parvin­der Singh said.

The CoI said that all ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres had been given di­rec­tions that such down­loaded roll num­bers should not be ac­cepted till the time they were at­tested and were pro­duced along with photo ID card of the stu­dent.

Dr Parvin­der Singh said that stu­dents could down­load the roll num­bers only af­ter fill­ing in their per­sonal de­tails on the web­site, like their par­ents' names and classes. He said that the sys­tem had def­i­nitely brought down the num­ber of in­quiries as well as stu­dents queu­ing up at the PU to get their roll num­bers.

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