The first and final year engineering students of the University of Mumbai (MU) might have to wait longer for their results this year, as the extended winter break has slowed down the online assessment of papers.
Since the assembly election was scheduled in October, the varsity had to postpone several examinations that were to be held in October as teachers were put on polling duty and campuses were also used.
The exams were shifted to November, but when the dates clashed with Diwali vacations, MU officials were forced to shorten the Diwali break by five days. The winter vacation was hence extended.
The extended holiday has made online assessment of papers difficult, because several engineering college teachers are on leave.
Further, some are also busy preparing for the Indian Science Congress to be held from January 3 to 7 at the varsity.
“With winter breaks extended till January 7, the assessment work has slowed down considerably, as a large number of teachers are on leave,” the principal of an engineering college said.
According to rules, the result for online assessments is to be declared within 30 days from the last date of examination. While the first semester exams ended on December 26, the seventh semester exams ended on December 18.
Around 1,200 teachers have been roped in for the online assessment for the first and final year engineering exams, out of which almost 25% are on leave, MU officials said.
“Teachers started assessment as soon as the first exam got over. While there are many teachers on leave, we have completed almost 75% of the assessment work. We hope there is no delay,” said Suresh Ukarande, dean of technology faculty.
Last year, engineering results were delayed as the online assessment system had glitches and teachers were unable to correct papers on time. However, this year, Ukarande has said that the process has been smooth.
Controller of examinations, Dinesh Bhonde, however, said that results of final year exams will be out soon and that a delay of a day or two is ‘routine’
“There are no issues with the assessment and only a few teachers are on leave. We will declare the results in record time. A day or two should not be considered a delay,” he said.