Like all college students, Ajit Aiwale rejoiced when he passed his TYBA exams last year. The history graduate was thinking of post graduation, but almost a year later, he is still waiting for his final scores.
The University of Mumbai withheld his results because of late submission of project scores. The university will not give his marks until he pays a fine of Rs 25,000.
“I submitted my project on time. I don’t know what went wrong, but now I am stuck despite having cleared all my exams,” said the student of Kirti College at Dadar.
The university says that the fine is part of a board of examinations resolution and the college and student have to sort out the issue.
“The college had failed to submit the marks of the student. So the student was marked absent. The college later sent the marks to the university but it was only after the declaration of results,” said Vilas Shinde, Controller of Examinations.
The college will have to now pay a fine of Rs 50 a day because of late submission. “We don’t know if the student delayed submitting the term work or if the college is responsible for the delay,” said Shinde.
The college defends itself. “The student had submitted his project work late. By that time, the faculty concerned was away on CAP (centralised assessment) duty. When she came back, the entire list of students' projects had been sent to the university. Though a little later, she did send this particular student’s details too,” said Maharudra Kekare, principal of Kirti College.
The college has called Aiwale after two days to sort the issue out.