NMMC polls force Mumbai University to defer MA Marathi paper to April 30

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2015 16:35 IST

University of Mumbai (MU) has rescheduled both MA Marathi papers for distance education and regular candidates to April 30.

Several candidates on poll duty asked for a change of date as the paper for the distance education students was scheduled on April 22, the day of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) elections.

The university is also likely to postpone Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics semester five paper (failed subject) scheduled on April 23. Some students appearing for BSc in Physics final examination and also for failed subjects from the last semester complained that they will have to appear for the two papers on the same day at different centres.

“I have two papers on April 23 in two different centres. While I will appear for electrodynamics paper (semester five) in the morning, electronics (semester six) paper in the evening is at a different centre. We requested the examination department to postpone electrodynamics paper,” said Abhijeet More, a TYBSc student. Officials said the decision to change the dates of semester five paper for BSc Physics will be taken in a day or two.

Other papers scheduled on April 22 include MA (part1) history, political science, economics, Marathi, Sanskrit, Gujarati and psychology, among others. According to examination department officials, they received requests from some candidates working with the NMMC, asking for a change of date for the MA (part 1) Marathi for distance education candidates. There are reports that students for some other subjects have also requested for a new date.

An NMMC employee, deputed on election duty and appearing for the Marathi paper, on condition of anonymity, said, “We would have wasted a year had the paper not been postponed. The university should have considered the elections dates before framing the time table.” Dinesh Bhonde, controller of examinations, MU, said, “Candidates brought to our notice that the date of the MA (part 1) Marathi paper for candidates pursuing distance education and NMMC elections was clashing. They requested us to postpone it. However, we have not received any complaints from candidates appearing for other papers.”

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