The newly constituted academic council of the University of Mumbai on Friday agreed to allow masters in law (LLM) students to answer their paper in Marathi, a demand that was made by several student political outfits for a few years.
“As of now the question papers will be in English, but students are free to answer them in Marathi. Several students might read and understand English but can express themselves best in Marathi,” said Rajpal Hande, director, Board of College and University Development. LLB students already have that option.
The academic council met for the first time since the recent university senate elections. The council has deferred the decision on PhD candidates who had registered for a PhD without taking the PhD Entrance Test (PET).
In July 2009, The University Grants Commission (UGC) issued guidelines making the PET compulsory for all applicants to take an entrance test to improve the quality of PhDs in the country. Mumbai University sent out a final circular only in November 2010. “There was a heated discussion on the issue but we could not arrive at any conclusion. We have deferred the decision till the next meeting,” said an academic council member.
The council finalised the plan on implementation of the credit and grade point system for undergraduate courses from this year on Friday. For postgraduate programmes, the council has set up a committee to draw up the road map on implementing the new marking system.