For Bhavin Parekh, 20, a third-year Bachelor of Commerce (TYBCom) student of Kirti College in Dadar, delay in results was only the beginning of his ordeal.
After having scored more than 70% in other subjects, the commerce student hit a roadblock after failing his marketing and human resources management (MHRM) paper with a score of 27 on 100.
“I had solved almost 80% of the paper and was expecting a score of at least 60. I have fared well in the other papers. My overall percentage took a hit owing to this low score,” said Parekh, who will be sending his paper for re-evaluation.
Like Parekh, many other TYBCom students from city colleges said that their percentages dipped because of their dismal performances in the MHRM and business economics papers. At Malad-based Nagindas Khandwala College, more than 20 students have met a similar fate after faring poorly in the two said papers. “We are all above-average students and fared decently in our preliminary examinations. I was expecting at least 75 marks in the paper, and have scored only 20 out of 100 in the MHRM paper and 16 on 100 in the economics paper,” said Meena Shah (name changed on request). “We got our results after a two-month delay and that too with technical glitches. Now, with re-evaluation being our only option, we are dreading another delay,” she added.
This year, of the 79,766 students who took the exam, 62.96% cleared it. The results were delayed by more than 65 days, and results of 1,880 students were withheld.
“Taking the number of students who have not fared well in these two papers into account, the university should consider the students’ performance in these papers as a special case and expedite the re-evaluation process,” said Ancy Jose, principal of Nagindas Khandwala College.
As per the university norms, within seven days of receiving their mark sheets, students can apply for a re-evaluation of their paper and/or seek a photocopy of the paper. Students will receive photocopies of answer books within 15 working days from the date of receipt of application from the students.
“If the students apply for re-evaluation, we will provide them with the photocopies of their answer booklets, which will help them judge their own performance,” said Vilas Shinde, controller of examinations, Mumbai University.
“We are trying our level best to reduce any inconvenience or delay by expediting the re-evaluation procedure,” he added.