TYBSc students who missed their practicals because of the ongoing teachers’ strike will, in all likelihood, be able to finish them by the first week of April, said Mumbai University officials after a meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting had been convened to decide on alternative dates for thousands of students whose third year BSc practicals had been disrupted.
“We are planning to finish before the first week of April; the schedules are being finalised,” said Naresh Chandra pro vice chancellor of the university.
University officials said the exact schedule was still not ready because they are awaiting reports from exam centres on lab facilities and other administrative issues so they can allot students to centres again.
“We are trying our best to finish the practicals as soon as possible,” said DG Wasave, controller of exams.
“We want students to be able to give their theory papers without any stress. If the practicals get delayed, the results will also get delayed. We do not want students to suffer.”
Since TYBSc practicals began on March 1, they have been disrupted every day barring the first day. On Wednesday, 51 out of 92 centres were able to conduct exams, a slightly better rate than the 50% rate so far. The schedule for the other papers remains unchanged however, despite chaos on the ground.
“Theory papers will be on schedule,” said Chandra.
Teachers were not convinced by the government’s decision to proceed with scheduling alternative dates.
“They should postpone all exams to a date until after the boycott is withdrawn,” said Madhu Paranjape, general secretary, Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union.