Autistic boy distraught as MU evaluation costs him 20 marks

  • Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2016 00:53 IST
MCom student Aditya Iyer cored well in subjects like Math and English, despite being diagnosed with 70% permanent disability. (HT Photo)

A 22-year-old autistic student of VPM’s Bedekar College, Thane, is distraught after the University of Mumbai reduced his scores after a re-evaluation of his Advance Costing paper in his first semester MCom exam.

As the university refused to change his marks, Aditya Iyer now wants a second re-evaluation.

A photocopy of his answer sheet corrected by a college professor gave him 50 out of 60 in the subject, compared to the 30 marks given by MU examiners.

“Math is my favourite subject and I was sure of scoring 50 or above in Advance Costing. I was dejected to see only 30 out of 60 marks in the subject and applied for a photocopy of the answer sheet and a re-evaluation,” said Iyer, a Kalwa resident.

He applied for re-evaluation in February. However, the reassessed marks — announced in June — brought down his total by another mark.

Despite being diagnosed with 70% permanent disability, Iyer scored well in subjects like Math and English. “We knew he couldn’t have scored so poorly, so we also requested a college professor to check a photocopy of his answer sheet. She was surprised at the error,” said H M Iyer, his father. In a letter to the university, Iyer’s college professor highlighted how her student was given 2 out of 15 in a math problem even though there were no errors. “We’ve been running from one university department to another,” added his father.

An official from the university, who did not wish to be identified, told HT that re-evaluation does not necessarily result in more marks.

“There have been cases where students have been marked lower when another examiner has found errors in the answer sheet. However, if the student has got a letter from the college professor, we will look into this case,” he said.

While Iyer has managed to clear all subjects from the first and second semesters and is currently studying in the third semester of MCom, his fight against the university continues.

“He has never depended on the concessions he’s entitled to during examinations. Instead of encouraging such students, the university is making it difficult for them to perform well,” said his father.

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