After a delay of almost four months, results for third-year Bachelor in Management Studies (TYBMS) as well as Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (BAF) semester V were finally announced last week. While the University of Mumbai is all set to conduct semester VI exams in less than two weeks, students are worried about having no time to apply for re-evaluation.
TYBMS exams got over in November 2016 and the results were announced in mid-March 2017, almost four months later. “Now we have no time to apply for re-evaluation because the allowed to keep term (ATKT) exams begin in the first week of April, so I have no choice but to appear for it and I’ll never know if there was any error in reviewing my answer sheets,” said a student from a Bandra college on condition of anonymity.
As per the process in place at MU, a student interested in applying for re-evaluation first needs to apply for a photocopy of their answer sheet. This process itself takes almost two weeks, following which the student has to get the photocopy assessed by a college professor and then apply for re-evaluation, which can take anywhere between three to six weeks. “We barely have two weeks between our result and ATKT exam, so even if I apply for a photocopy, there’s no guarantee I’ll receive the copy of my answer sheet before the re-exam,” said another student.
HT had recently written about an RTI which showed almost 30% students were wrongly failed by the university between 2014 and 2016. RTI activist Vihar Durve’s query showed that of the 2.19 lakh students who had applied for re-evaluation in this period, almost 73,000 students passed in the subject after re-evaluation, even though they were initially marked “fail”.
“Students are worked up at present but we are equally helpless,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College, Bandra. When HT contacted MU officials about this delay, registrar M A Khan said, “If a student who has applied for reevaluation ends up appearing for an ATKT exam due to delay in announcing results of reevaluation, and then finds out that s/he has passed the exam already, then we refund the fees charged for the re-exam.”