Undergraduate students of Mumbai University will no longer be able to take the ‘additional exams’ conducted by colleges for the first and second year students as a second chance to clear their exams, except under special circumstances.
In a circular sent to all colleges, the university said that it has decided to do away with the additional exam rule, introduced in 2013, which allowed colleges to conduct additional exams within 20 days of the regular semester exams.
Students, who do not clear their first four semester exams will now have to appear for the allowed to keep term (ATKT) exams before being promoted to final year.
All students of undergraduate courses-aided, unaided, engineering and others will be affected by this change.
“The rules were amended in 2013 after the credit based grading system (CBGS) was introduced. They were given a chance to appear for exams shortly after the regular exams were conducted and the results of the regular and the additional exams would be declared together. However, the academic council felt that students were misusing the rule and decided to go back to old ATKT system,” university registrar, MA Khan said.
For example, third year B.com (TYb.com) students would appear for the first and second semester exam in October and March but felt that they did not do well or could not appear for them, were able to appear for an additional exam shortly after.
However, now the students who fail to clear more than two subjects will have to appear for the ATKT exam in April and October for the first four semesters, only then will they be promoted to the third year.
Dean of commerce faculty, Madhu Nair said that the 2013 rule was repealed as the university observed that students would take the regular October and March exams lightly and then again appear for the additional exam.
“The additional exams were introduced for students who could not appear for the regular exams due to illness, sports, or other academic commitments, However, students began misusing the facility by studying only for four out of six subjects and then appearing for the additional exam,” he said.