The University of Mumbai has been plagued with delays in declaration of examination results this year and this has affected the academic calender in many colleges. Not only have students been left with little or no time to apply for re-evaluation of answer scripts for errors in marking, but many are upset about having to sit for examinations till the end of April.
The long exam season has now eaten into the colleges’ summer workshops and certificate course classes, which otherwise start from the first week of April.
“Our second-year students are done with their exams but the first year is on a study leave, waiting for exams to begin. The summer workshops are conducted for first and second-year students so that they can learn new skills during vacations but it is unlikely that there will be any vacation this year,” said Raksha Choudhary, a professor from a suburban college. She added that because of the examinations, most teachers are busy with supervision and classrooms are occupied, making it difficult to conduct other courses for students.
HT had earlier written about first-year university exam dates clashing with Class XII examinations, which had to be changed eventually, and postponed to April. Colleges are upset about the supervision that will go on till the third week of May, to be followed by assessment work till mid-May. “This means that teachers will once again miss out on their vacations because by the first week of June, we’ll start work on the next academic season. This is unfair,” said Anju Kapoor, principal of UPG College, Vile Parle.
Students are upset about missing out on the add-on courses, which make their CV look good. Most colleges usually collaborate with outsiders from the industry to organise certificate courses for the students. “Even though I’m from Delhi, I had applied for work at an ad-agency during my vacations and got the job too. But with the university suddenly postponing our examinations till April, I’ll will miss out on work experience,” said Gaurav Singha, a student of Jai Hind College.
“It’s not just enough to be a graduate with a degree anymore if you want a decent job after graduation. One needs to have skills beyond textbooks, and that is exactly what we are focusing on,” said Dinesh Panjwani, principal of RD National’s College in Bandra, where the management has made available four skill-based certificate programs for students, ranging between four and six weeks. With their first-year students busy preparing for the exams, the college has decided to run different batches for students in May as well. “This way, our second-year students can opt for these courses in April, whereas the first year students can opt for shorter courses after their exams are over,” he added.