The University of Mumbai has done it again. The varsity issued hall tickets filled with errors for the Bachelor of Commerce final examinations, leaving students with just a day to get them corrected. The tickets were issued on Monday evening for the exam, which is scheduled for Wednesday.
Around 60,000 students will appear for the examinations, the biggest number for a degree course from the university.
The hall tickets were issued late despite a promise in November by the controller of examinations Dinesh Bhonde that they will be issued at least eight days prior to the start of the examinations. The previous exams — fifth semester — held in October, too, were riddled with mistakes such as mixed up subject codes and wrong centre allocation.
Though the university said this year, they have not receive any complaints, students said there were errors such as mistakes in the names of the subjects, misspelt names, wrong candidate numbers and the wrong examination dates. “Apart from my surname that has been misspelled, my hall ticket mentions electives (subjects) that I have not even signed up for. Instead of the business management elective on April 10, my hall ticket shows that I have an economics paper,” said a student from a college in Thane.
Similarly, a student from a south Mumbai college complained she along with a few others from her college had errors in the examination dates. “While the exams are in April, a few hall tickets have dates between March and May. It is clearly a printing mistake; but how can the university let these things happen? I spent two hours of my time a day before the exams getting the corrections done,” said the student.
Moreover, with hall tickets issued at such short notice, colleges had students thronging campuses on Monday to collect them, causing chaos. “While the errors were fewer compared to last year, the number of students that came in to get their hall tickets made it very difficult for the staff to manage. We had to ask some students to come back for their tickets on Tuesday because we could not download and stamp them in time,” said a principal of a commerce college in the city.
It is not clear how many hall tickets had errors, however, Bhonde said the complaints were fewer than last year and the ticket-issuing process was also smoother. “From this year, we have stopped the mandatory process of getting the signatures of principals of each college on their students’ hall tickets. There may be a few errors here and there and we have corrected most on Monday itself,” the controller said.