After repeated demands by professors, senate members and students, the University of Mumbai (MU) has decided to postpone the first semester MSc (Part 1) exams by 10-15 days.
The exams, for which nearly 2,000 students will appear, were to start from December 1. According to the new decision by the examination department, the first semester masters of science (MSc) exams for courses with mathematics, statistics and geography will start from December 11. For other courses, like physics, biochemistry, life sciences, microbiology, computer science and others, the exams will start from December 15.
This is the second time the exams have been rescheduled. They were earlier postponed because of the state Assembly elections in October. “We have taken the decision to postpone the exam considering the demand from professors and students. We will upload a detailed time table (for the exams) on Tuesday,” said Dinesh Bhonde, controller of examinations, MU.
According to the credit-based semester and grading system (CBSGS), 15 weeks of teaching is required to complete an academic term, before an exam can be conducted. However, professors and students said 15 weeks of curriculum could not be completed this semester because of the delay in TY BSc results, the two-week Diwali vacations and the week-long duty for staffers during the assembly polls.
“The decision to postpone the exam was necessary. Otherwise, we would not get adequate time for exam preparations, with incomplete syllabus and all practical classes not held,” said a first-year MSc physics student.
Teachers said the announcement to postpone the exams should have been made earlier. “The varsity should have announced the decision earlier, instead of waiting till the exams were less than 10 days away. At least we would not have wrapped up the syllabus in hasty manner,” said a professor from DG Ruparel College, Matunga.
Sanjay Vairal, senate member, MU, who was among those who had demanded a rescheduling of the exams, said, “The decision will help students complete the syllabus and to get enough time for preparations. However, examination department should have considered this while rescheduling the exams in October.”