JNTU Hyderabad introduces 'JUMBLING' system for B.Tech. semester examinations
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) has decided to implement the jumbling system for the first year B.Tech. annual examinations starting from May 28 this year. The jumbling will replace the existing ‘SET’ system. With the SET system, students used to write their annual and semester examinations in their own college. With the new system, the B Tech students will write their exams in colleges other than their own.
According to university insiders, the university is also planning to extend the the jumbling system to all the four years of B.Tech. semester examinations, from the next academic year onwards. Except the first year, the semester examinations of all the other three years are either underway or have just finished.
The SET system was in place since 2003 in all the B.Tech. semester and annual examinations. The university used to prepare four question papers in which more than 90 per cent of the questions appearing in one paper would not appear in the other. The first question paper would be given to the first person in the row and the fifth person in the row would get the same question paper. As the university was conducting semester and annual examinations in the students’ own college, it had been following this system to prohibit malpractice.
With the university receiving many complaints about the system, the authorities scrapped it following an expert committee recommendations. The serious complaint was that there was a huge variation in the scoring of marks from one student to the other, with the existing system.
As 90 per cent of questions were different from one paper to the other, the university could not maintain standards in all four question papers. The result was that, students who were performing equally in classes used to get substantial difference in marks scored.
Director of evaluation, JNTUH, Dr A Govardhan said that after receiving complaints, the university had appointed an expert committee to look into the issue. Following recommendations of the expert panel, it was decided to implement the jumbling system for first year B Tech students from this academic year.
He said that they have communicated this to all affiliated colleges.