Governor raps Mumbai University for delay in declaring results; sets July 31 deadline
Mumbai city news: In a meeting on Tuesday, the governor directed MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh to prepare a daily progress reportmumbai Updated: Jul 07, 2017 00:41 IST
Two days after Hindustan Times reported that University of Mumbai (MU) students were still waiting for their results, almost two months after their final-year degree exams ended, the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, as Chancellor of all varsities, directed MU to declare all pending results by July 31.
In a meeting on Tuesday, the governor directed MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh to prepare a daily progress report with detailed reports explaining the future strategy and road map for declaring results on time. The VC was also instructed to constitute a war room for this purpose and monitor its progress.
MU introduced the On-Screen Marking (OSM) system in May this year and all manual assessment of papers were stopped. According to the rules, the assessment of papers should start three days within the conclusion of exams,but assessment began in mid-May, two months after the first few exams were held.
According to section 89 of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, the varsity is required to declare results preferably in 30 days and in no case beyond 45 days. According to the information shared by the vice-chancellor with the Governor on Tuesday, of the 477 examinations conducted by the Mumbai University, results of only 51 examinations have been declared so far, resulting in delay of more than 45 days and chaos among students.
It must be noted that none of these results are of fresh candidates. All results declared as of now are of repeater candidates, which is a smaller number compared to fresh candidates. More than 3 lakh students gave their exams between mid-March and end of April this year.
Taking this seriously, the Governor called for a meeting with MU VC and senior officials from the state higher and technical education department on Tuesday and discussed the issue in detail. He also took officials to task by reminding them the delay in declaration of results could hamper the career of students, the officials said. “This might cause anxiety and hardships to students and their parents,” the Governor reportedly told officers at the meet.
He then directed the VC to make available all human resources and infrastructure to carry out the task and declare results by July 31. To ensure this, the Governor even asked Sitaram Kunte, additional chief secretary, higher and technical education to depute a government representative for real-time monitoring of the progress and submit its feedback to the state government and his office.