After scheduling TYBCom fifth and sixth semester exams on the same day at different centres, without realising that many students were appearing for both, Mumbai university (MU) decided to postpone the fifth semester exams by two days.
According to the decision, semester five exams will commence from April 18 instead of April 16. MU will declare a new timetable by Tuesday.
Earlier, the students found that they will have to appear for exams on the same day at different centres with a time gap of less than two hours. These students had failed in a few semester five papers and were appearing for both exams, according to the Allowed To Keep Term (ATKT) rules.
The papers for the sixth and final semester on April 16, 17 and 20 were scheduled from 11am to 1.30 pm, while those for semester five would start at 3pm. Most students had been allotted different centres on the same day and would have found it difficult to travel to the other centre in such a short time.
A student from Thane, on a condition of anonymity, said, “According to the old schedule, we had to appear for the first paper at an exam centre at Dadar and write the other paper on same day at a Mulund centre with a difference of less than two hours between two papers. It is unfair to us and considering it is an important exam of our life.”
More than 60,000 students - the largest number for a degree course from the university – appear for the TYBCom final examinations every year.
Dinesh Bhonde, controller of examinations, MU said, “The error in time table has been brought to our notice by students and senate members. We have scrutinised it and took a decision to postpone semester five exams by two days.”
Some senate members blamed Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) which manages online processes for exams and result for MU.
“Despite continuous demands to investigate these glitches and take strict action against MKCL officials, the university administration remained ignorant and did nothing apart from giving assurances,” said Sanjay Vairal, senate member.
MKCL was not available for comment.