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After marking law students absent by mistake, Mumbai University declares results again

A number of three-year LLB students were shocked to find that the results displayed in their colleges showed them as absent for the fourth semester examination (for repeaters) held in December.

mumbai Updated: Feb 22, 2017 00:48 IST
Student activists, however, estimate that about 300 students were affected by the mistake, of which 10-20% are yet to have their results corrected.
Student activists, however, estimate that about 300 students were affected by the mistake, of which 10-20% are yet to have their results corrected.(File photo)

Law students from various city colleges, who were mistakenly declared failed by the University of Mumbai (MU), heaved a sigh of relief after the varsity issued fresh results.

A number of three-year LLB students were shocked to find that the results displayed in their colleges showed them as absent for the fourth semester examination (for repeaters) held in December. They took up the matter with the university’s examination department, which rectified its mistake.

“We have changed the results of the 25-30 students who were marked absent,” said Deepak Wasave, officiating controller of examination.

Student activists, however, estimate that about 300 students were affected by the mistake, of which 10-20% are yet to have their results corrected.

The incident is latest in the long list of exam-related goof-ups in the university. Earlier, students have been handed out wrong question papers, exam centres have been changed at the eleventh hour and there have also been instances of question papers been repeated by the university.

“When I found that I was marked absent in a paper that I had taken the test for, I informed the university officials about the mistake. The corrected list has now been displayed on the college’s notice board,” said Harshili Chogle, a student from New Law College at Matunga.

Some colleges, however, are yet to inform their students about the correction. “I was marked absent in two papers I had taken. When I went to the university, I was told that I had, in fact, cleared both the subjects. The college is yet to display the corrected result,” said a student from Government law College, Churchgate.

While the fresh results have given some relief to the students, the incident has made them question the university’s handling of examination and results. “Couldn’t they have checked the list before issuing it? We had to unnecessarily suffer due to no mistake of ours,” said Sachin Pawar, president, Student law Council, a students’ group.

The officials at the examination department said that the errors were result of the staff crunch and the use of old equipment at the department. “There is always a tremendous pressure to declare the results on time but our staff strength is low and only two old printers publish the results,” said a top official.

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