Colleges ask Mumbai university to postpone first-year MA exams

Classes started only mid-Oct this year owing to delayed admissions; MSc and MCom exams have already been postponed

mumbai Updated: Dec 14, 2017 15:20 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
MU recently agreed to postpone the exams of first-year MSc and MCom students.(HT File Photo)

Several city colleges have written to the University of Mumbai (MU) requesting that the first-year Masters in Arts (MA) exams be postponed. Their contention is that because of the delay in online assessments, all colleges were forced to accept admissions to post-graduate courses till mid-October, which has given them little time to complete the required portion.

“Normally, admissions are over by August, and teachers get nearly three months to complete the portion before exams. This time, we started classes only after mid-October and then had to break for Diwali holidays. Students have barely attended classes for one month,” said the principal of a suburban college, who did not wish to be named. She said her college has sent a letter to the varsity requesting that the MA exams be postponed from December to January, so that teachers get some more time to finish what’s required.

Most colleges were shut between October 15 and November 7 for Diwali holidays. “Though we conducted extra lectures during vacations, we could not force students or teachers to change their holiday plans, so full-fledged lectures began only in November,” said the coordinator of a college in south Mumbai, requesting anonymity. “It’s unfair to expect teachers to finish the full portion of a semester in six weeks.”

The original deadline set by the university to complete admissions to PG courses was August 21. However, after it failed to announce all results by then, the MU asked colleges to keep their admissions open till all results were announced. This process, however, took two more months, and colleges had to accept admissions till mid-October, when all results were finally released.

After repeated requests from colleges and students, MU recently agreed to postpone the exams of first-year MSc and MCom students, for the same reason. However, it has not done so for the MA course. “Basically, the university is not taking action until we complain, so we have written to the authorities about the problem. Hopefully, they will change the dates before exams begin,” said Dinesh Panjwani, principal of RD National College, Bandra.

First Published: Dec 14, 2017 15:20 IST