Students continue to protest against alleged errors and irregularities in the published results of +3 second semester examinations conducted by Odisha’s Berhampur University.

Activists of the All-India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO) held a protest march in Berhampur on Tuesday. They also held a demonstration in front of the office of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Southern Division, and handed over a memorandum addressed to the State Minister for Higher Education.

AIDSO State vice-president Somanath Behera said although the results for this semester examination were declared almost a year after the examinations, they were full of errors. As per the organisation, Berhampur University has not yet declared the results of third and fourth semester examinations of these students of its +3 degree courses.

“Students of final year are now preparing for their fifth semester examinations and they will have to appear for the sixth semester examinations at the end of the current academic year. Delayed and erroneous results will add to the woes of students who will have to clear back papers of previous semesters together,” said Mr. Behera.

AIDSO activists said it was ironic that results of the second semester, which was part of first year of the degree course, were declared while the students had reached third year of their course. They also accused the university authorities of callousness.

Agitating student leaders demanded that the correct results be published by August 2 with online display of corrected answer sheets. They also wanted results of all semester examinations of degree courses of the university to be declared within two months after the end of the examinations.

Earlier this month, students of five affiliated colleges in Berhampur and its outskirts had resorted to demonstrations and dharna at their respective colleges. Agitating students had demanded re-publication of results. They had alleged that due to errors and irregularities, around 50% of students had failed in +3 second semester examinations and 80% of failed students had secured 0 to 10 marks.

Activists of Biju Chhatra Janata Dal and ABVP have also extended support to the agitating students.

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