After 5 months & Karnataka high court order, girl scores 100 in II PU paper | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: After five months of running from pillar to post, 18-year-old Dharini HR has got the one extra mark she deserved in her II PU accountancy paper, taking the total to 100/100, thanks to the high court’s intervention.
It all began in July 2020 when II PU results were announced and Dharini, from Haniya village in Hosanagara taluk of Shivamogga district, was ecstatic to get her scores. But something was amiss. She had secured 99 in accountancy but was confident there was no room for any mistake in her answerscript.
“My lecturer was even more confident and decided to get the paper rechecked… Accountancy is my favourite subject and our lecturers had put in a lot of effort. I had studied day and night and was sure of notching up a perfect score. That’s why I decided to apply for re-totalling,” she explained.
But to her shock, instead of 100, her marks were reduced to 88. Upset, she again applied for re-totalling but was given the same result. She then travelled to Bengaluru to visit the department of PU education but was sent away saying there was no provision for another round of re-totalling and this was the final score.
“I was upset thinking what is the use of such rules if they can’t help students. With my father’s support, I approached the high court and in December, DPUE was ordered to do the needful and declare the result in two weeks,” Dharini said.
As per the HC order, if the department failed to declare the result in two weeks, it would have to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 for every week of delay thereafter. Though the department took two more weeks after the deadline expired, they did not pay any fine, she said. Finally, her result was announced on January 15, and she secured 100 out of 100 in accountancy.
But it is not just her botched result that troubles Dharini. The girl said she had her parents’ support and financial help, but there are several students who don’t have the means to fight and have to bear the brunt of someone else’s mistake. Dharini’s father Ravi HG is an agriculturist and mother Anitha Ravi is a homemaker.
Highlighting other unfair rules, Dharini said the department refuses to make changes after revaluation/re-totalling if the difference between the original and revised marks is less than five. “Even for economics, I was supposed to get four marks more than 93 after re-totalling, yet it was not changed,” she said. She has scored 96 in Kannada, 92 in English, 93 in economics, 98 in history, 100 in accountancy and 98 in business studies.
She is now pursuing first-year BCom (with CA) at Trisha Vidya College in Katpadi, Udupi and hopes to become a CA.
Dharini even sourced data from the PU board website and found revalution requests were made with regard to 12,287 answerscripts and only 2,200 of them resulted in change of marks. “One can imagine the cost students are forced to bear,” she said.

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