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Mumbai Univ yet to announce results of re-evaluated papers, ATKT exams postponed

mumbai Updated: Oct 07, 2016 00:54 IST
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This year, MU received more than 64,000 applications for re-evaluations in April-May.(HT PHOTO )

After a delay in announcing the results of rechecked answer sheets, the University of Mumbai (MU) has postponed the Allowed To Keep Term (ATKT) exams of several courses, mostly comprising those in the science stream.

This decision was taken after students complained of not receiving their re-evaluation results even though the ATKT exams were round the corner. The exams will now begin in November.

The ATKT scheme allows students who failed in some subjects to be promoted to the next class provided they clear the papers in a stipulated time.

“I applied for re-evaluation in June immediately after the results were announced. Almost four months later, I’m still waiting for the results. All my visits to the examination house in Kalina have gone in vain,” said a student, adding that five students in her class have paid the fees to take the ATKT exams even as they await the re-evaluation results. “They are praying for a miracle so that they don’t have to rewrite the exam without knowing if they have passed in the subject,” she said.

This year, MU received more than 64,000 applications for re-evaluations in April-May. As of this day, 20% applications are still pending. Deepak Wasave, in-charge Controller of Examinations (CoE), said, “The process got delayed because we got busy with law admissions and owing to the several public holidays. Only 20% applications are yet to be processed. We are clearing the pending applications as soon as possible.”

The upcoming exam session has unearthed several controversies, especially since the varsity decided to conduct a common examination for first-year and third-year students. A tentative exam schedule released in September showed that exams for all the batches will begin in the last week of October. Colleges complained about getting little time to complete the portion, especially since this year first-year admissions were also marred with delays.

Finally, a second schedule released made it clear that while third-year exams will be conducted starting October, first-year exams have been postponed to November. This time, around 50 exam papers for repeater students from third-year (TY) BSc and MSc (both Part I and Part II) were scheduled to start between October 5 and 14. The exams will now start at the end of October and early November. Around a dozen TY BSc papers that have been postponed belong to the yearly pattern, which was followed by the varsity before it adopted the semester pattern and is still followed by the varsity’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL). Many students who studied under the yearly pattern are yet to clear their papers.

This decision, however, has not gone down well with colleges, who will be busy conducting exams for various courses from October to November end. The principal of a south Mumbai college said, “Delaying the exams is not a solution, but a stopgap arrangement. Sadly, the MU has been surviving on such arrangements. Our staff will be busy with exams for almost two months, which is unfair on all of us, including the students.”

This decision, however, has not gone down well with colleges, who will be busy conducting exams for various courses from October to November end. The principal of a south Mumbai college said, “Delaying the exams is not a solution, but a stopgap arrangement. Sadly, the MU has been surviving on such arrangements. Our staff will be busy with exams for almost two months, which is unfair on all of us, including the students.”

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