Delayed Mumbai University results to cost pharmacy aspirants a year
Mumbai city news: The varsity has requested NIPER Mohali, which is carrying out admission process this year, to grant provisional admission to its students. However, the institute has not accepted the request.Updated: Jul 10, 2017 00:38 IST
The city students who cleared the joint entrance test (JEE) for National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs), the premier pharma science institutes, may have to drop a year, as they are yet to receive their graduation results from the University of Mumbai.
The JEE holds the key to 800 seats of MBA Pharmacy and MPharm at seven NIPERs across the country. Around 100 students from the colleges affiliated to MU have made it to the list of top 1000 rankers.
The counselling process for admission to MBA Pharmacy course at NIPERs will begin on Monday and will continue till Wednesday. The counselling for MPharm will take place next week between July 17 and 19. The results are unlikely to be declared any time soon, because till last month the varsity had assessed less than 20% of around 20 lakh answer sheets.
The varsity has requested NIPER Mohali, which is carrying out admission process this year, to grant provisional admission to its students. However, the premier institute has not accepted the request.
“Our admission process was declared in April. The students cannot be admitted without results as we don’t we have a provision for the waiting list. We don’t even allow students to shift from one institute to the other after the counselling process. If we admit these students, we may have to face litigations and other legal complications,” said Raghuram Rao, director NIPER Mohali. “I feel sorry for these students,” he added.
This year, MU adopted an on-screen marking process for the assessment process, in the place of traditional pen-and-paper evaluation. The decision caused a huge delay in the results, as MU couldn’t appoint an agency for a long time and the technical glitches continue to plague the system.
According to Rao, MU is the only varsity that has failed to declare results before counselling. Students from more than 200 universities took the entrance test this year. If a university fails to declare results on time, NIPERs seek access to the results of the pharma aspirants directly from varsity. The varsity has failed to provide even those ‘confidential’ results.
The aspirants are heart-broken. “What is the point of studying hard for four years and getting good rank? We will now lose a year. And what’s the guarantee that we will perform as well next year as we have done this time?” said an aspirant.
Deepak Wasave, incharge director, Board of Examination and Evaluation at MU, couldn’t be reached for a comment.