Former V-C slams Mumbai university over results mess
Questions varsity’s decision to give students, whose answer booklets are missing, average marks using a special formulamumbai Updated: Oct 04, 2017 20:28 IST
The University of Mumbai (MU) has promised an average score based on a special formula to students whose answer booklets are missing. However, academicians have questioned the decision citing lack of such provision in the Maharashtra State Public Universities Act.
“When they say an average will be pulled out, what is the basis for it? There are cases where all answer booklets of every subject of a single student have gone missing. How will the university come up with an average score in such cases?” said Bhalchandra Mungekar, former MU vice-chancellor.
He added that the Act does not even allow partial announcement of results. But this year the MU released results in phases as and when the online assessment of answer sheets of a particular course was completed.
“This has only added to the chaos because on paper all results are announced, but thousands of students are yet to get individual results. This is unfair,” he said.
Former senate members told HT that while such a provision is unavailable in the Act, average scores have been used in “crisis matters”, where answer booklets of less than 50 students were missing. “In such cases, an average was pulled out based on the marks that student scored in the other subjects of the semester. But this year, thousands of students are falling in this category and many with more than one paper missing. This will be a difficult task for the university,” said a former senate member.
As per the latest figures shared by the MU, answer booklets of 1,600 students are missing and another 9,000 students are awaiting their results that have been withheld by the varsity. For the past two days, the university pro vice-chancellor, director of examination and evaluation along with deans of various departments have been meetings regularly to come up with a formula that decides the average score for students whose answer booklets are missing.
“We are working on the formula and in order to come up with an appropriate solution and will need another couple of days,” said Arjun Ghatule, director, board of examination and evaluation, MU.
Mungekar also requested governor, who is also the chancellor of all universities in Maharashtra, to avoid online assessment of papers for the upcoming exams, especially since the infrastructure is missing.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Mungekar raised objection to the application of Merit Trac for assessing answer sheets for the upcoming exams.
Citing the recent fiasco, he added that teachers are still not trained well. “Repeating what our previous batch had to face because of the online assessment system, a repetition of failure will reflect poorly on the university and the state’s part,” said Mungekar.