About 120 first-and second-year Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) students of Kirti College, Dadar, on Saturday boycotted internal exams to protest against the Mumbai university’s 75:25 marking system. This might result in many failing the subjects.
The internal exams for second-year students were for media studies and personal relations, while first-year students were to appear for introduction to 20th century world history. These students had appeared for the internal exams for other papers on Friday.
“Conducting an internal assessment for 25 marks, based on theoretical questions, is not sufficient. It defeats the purpose of the course,” said Dhiraj Shetty, a second-year BMM student, who was part of the protest.
The 75:25 formula for self-financed courses was passed by the academic council of the University of Mumbai (MU) in February, to do away with the 60:40 formula adopted in 2011. This new marking system allocates 75 marks for theory papers, while the remaining 25 are for internal tests, attendance and performance in class.
Officials from the college, however, said they would stick to MU’s schedule. “Protesting by not attending exams sets a wrong precedent. Students should have raised their concerns through proper channels, such as the students’ grievance cell,” said VN Magare, principal of the college.
Six students from the college, however, attended the exam. “We too want MU to review the 75:25 pattern, but don’t want to lose marks over it,” said Anagha Kharat, another student.
BMM coordinators from colleges want the system to be revisited and have signed a memorandum, which has been sent to the university.
But Naresh Chandra, pro vice-chancellor, said the system would remain in place till the end of the academic year. “Even if the review committee finds the need to make changes, the 75:25 system will stay for the current academic year,” he said.