This year the pass percentage is 42.87 while it was 49.22 last year, and the year before 55.86 per cent students passed the examinations. Out of the 62,103 who appeared for the final year exams 26,626 students cleared them. The disturbing factor is in the last five years the failures have increased by 15 per cent. The pass percentage was 57.81 in the year 2008.
The falling ‘standards’ are being viewed in the wake of OU recognised as the University with Potential for Excellence by the University Grants Commission (UGC) this year. Though the degree results pertain to the degree courses offered by the affiliated colleges it is the university that directly monitors their academic performance including the quality of infrastructure and teaching standards.
Several college principals admitted that the disturbed academic atmosphere affecting classroom instruction due to the agitations can be attributed to the falling pass percentage. “Lack of seriousness was evident with regular boycotts and it affects even serious students,” said a college principal, wishing anonymity. “The Telangana agitation infused a sense of disorientation among students,” felt a lecturer of a Government Degree College.