The University of Mumbai has constituted a one-man committee to probe the actions of DN Mujumdar, head of the university’s computing facility, in connection with errors in allotting centres and issuing hall tickets to students of Third Year Bachelor of Commerce (TYBCom). Mujumdar was suspended after university officials met on Wednesday evening following the confusion.
“His work related to the exam section will be looked into,” said Rajpal Hande, director of the board of university and college development. He did not specify when the report would be ready.
TYBCom exams began on Wednesday. On Monday, several students were unable to get their hall tickets, either online or from their colleges. Worse was to follow on Tuesday, when the university issued a notification shifting 2,000-odd students from three centres to several other centres owing to a “technical problem”.
On Wednesday, some students reached their centres late after learning of the change only in the morning. “I had to ask for money from whoever was around and rush to the reallocated centre in a cab,” said a student who did not wish to be named. “How can the university do this? They should have been more organised and informed us properly about the change.”
However, the university made concessions and allowed students who showed up at their original centre to take the exam there itself. Those who reached late were also given extra time.
The Third Year Bachelor of Science (TYBSc) exams begin on March 29 and the Third Year Bachelor of Arts (TYBA) exams on April 2. The university said the error would not be repeated. “The precaution has been taken and we have given instructions accordingly. There will be no problems,” Hande said.
Like TYBCom, TYBSc and TYBA students’ hall tickets are also going to be issued online this time, closer to their exams. This is the first time the university is issuing the hall tickets online.
“The university is using the services of the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited, which has been giving the data for hall tickets. But they aren’t working properly,” said Pradip Sawant, a Yuva Sena senate member. “Despite this, the vice-chancellor persists with them.” He said they were planning on seeking the resignation of vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar.