University of Mumbai says online exams likely

Published on Feb 23, 2021 01:45 AM IST

While colleges in rural areas around Mumbai have been allowed to resume physical classes, the university is yet to allow those within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region to reopen institutes

MU’s pro-vice chancellor Ravindra Kulkarni said that while the final decision is likely to be taken within the month, an online examination would be in the best interest of the students’ safety. (HT File)
MU’s pro-vice chancellor Ravindra Kulkarni said that while the final decision is likely to be taken within the month, an online examination would be in the best interest of the students’ safety. (HT File)
ByPriyanka Sahoo

As Covid-19 cases increase in the city, many colleges want to hold examinations online in the interest of students.

SNDT Women’s University has already decided to conduct examinations online, the varsity’s professor Meera Desai informed. While the multiple-choice-based exams for postgraduate students kick off on Tuesday, those for undergraduate students have been postponed as the admissions for first-year students were delayed.

Though the University of Mumbai (MU) is yet to take a final decision on the issue, sources said it is more likely to hold online examinations.

MU’s pro-vice chancellor Ravindra Kulkarni said, “While the final decision is likely to be taken within the month, an online examination would be in the best interest of the students’ safety.”

While colleges in rural areas around Mumbai have been allowed to resume physical classes, the university is yet to allow those within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region to reopen institutes.

“At the moment, the varsity is mulling whether to allow colleges within Mumbai to begin physical classes. However, as colleges have been conducting online exams for a year now, we are confident that they will be ready in case we decide to opt for semester exams virtually,” said Kulkarni.

Even as colleges were preparing to reopen their campuses in phases for students, they are now preparing to conduct examinations for the ongoing semester.

“There is a state of utter confusion on whether or not will we be allowed to reopen colleges. We were hoping to at least conduct practical exams physically. Online examinations don’t go a long way in helping students secure jobs,” said a principal of a suburban college.

Anju Kapoor, the principal of Usha Pravin Gandhi College in Vile Parle, said, “We haven’t taken a decision on exams yet as we are waiting for a word from the university on whether to hold exams online or offline.”

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