Mumbai Univ senate members seek action for exam glitches

  • Omkar Gokhale, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2014 22:37 IST

With Mumbai University’s fifth semester exams in November running into scheduling mistakes and hall ticket errors, senate members of the university have demanded action against officials responsible for the failure along with the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), the agency to which the digital exam work has been outsourced.

Two hours were allotted for papers with 75:25 pattern, in hall tickets for third-year BCom exams, issued last month. The erroneous hall tickets triggered panic among nearly 64,000 students. The university issued a circular on Monday stating that students appearing for the third year BCom exams with 75:25 pattern will be given two-and-half hours to complete the paper.

“The failure to issue hall tickets and errors in scheduling exams, have reached a peak this year. The university should investigate these glitches and take strict action against the officials and colleges unlike past years,” said Sanjay Vairal, a senate member. “If the varsity does not take strict action, the officials concerned should step down.”

Dinesh Bhonde, controller of examinations said, “We are going to compile a report about all the lapses happened during the semester and will make inquiries.”

Bhonde said that the permanent registration number (PRN), which is generated during admissions, was not generated for BMS students because of a technical glitch. However, several students of BMS colleges affiliated to the Mumbai University did not receive their hall-tickets even after the exam started.

“University assured us that they will take action against the MKCL after enquiring about their flaws. However, the varsity is seen backing the MKCL instead of taking strict action,” said Sudhakar Tamboli, senate member from Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena.

After drawing flak, the varsity, in the past month, decided to terminate the contract with MKCL if it fails to improve its performance. MKCL officials did not respond to calls for a response to the allegations.

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