Like the previous four years, the University of Mumbai (MU) has delayed declaring results of almost all major degree courses.
This has led to students missing admission deadlines for post-graduate courses and also job offers.
The exams for undergraduate and post-graduate of the university’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) were conducted in April and May. More than 10,000 IDOL students are waiting for their results.
Thousands of students awaiting admission to various post-graduate courses have been left in the lurch. The university failed to meet its new deadline to declare results for Bachelor of Arts (TYBA) exams which ended in the first week of June.
It’s the same story for those who appeared for final semester exams of Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Law (LLB). Shubham Misar, a third-year LLB student of Government Law College, Churchgate, said, “Many students had to give up their plan to go to other states or abroad for further education. Without the final results, some will lose an academic year despite having secured provisional admissions in other universities.”
Around 10,000 students, who appeared for the third year Bachelor of Management Studies final semester exams in April, have not received their mark sheets although the results were declared on July 17. Earlier, results of hundreds of BMS students had been withheld for lack of information on internal marks.
The university has not been able to follow rules of declaring results of examinations within 45 days of the last paper.
Dinesh Bhonde, controller of examinations, MU, said they were working on a plan to reduce the gap between exams and results. “We are facing staff and infrastructure shortage. We have submitted our demands to the university administration. Also, colleges did not submit the internal marks or submitted wrong marks and this added to the delay.”
Senate members blamed the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), which manages the university’s online processes for exams and result.
Sanjay Vairal, senate member of MU, said: “The examination department needs more permanent staff. The MU does not possess a list of approved teachers for assessment of examination process. The board of studies should provide it to the exam department for a smooth process. Also, MKCL has not given the university students’ database.”
MKCL official refuted the allegations and said they were working as per the agreement.
Promises by V-C
* Vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh said the administration will conduct an assessment of complaints against Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited and come up with a report before the next senate meeting.
*Mumbai University will introduce complete automation in the examination process to ensure that there is no manual marking of scores. This will reduce chances of tampering and forgery.
*The issue of shortage of permanent staff in the university’s major departments, including exam department, will be addressed by the administration.