Despite Mumbai university results mess, online assessment to continue
The decision to continue with the On-Screen Marking System (OMS) was taken on Sunday during a meeting convened by governor and chancellor of the university, Ch Vidyasagar Rao
Even after online assessment led to a four-month delay in declaring results, the University of Mumbai (MU) intends to stick to the system for all its courses.
The decision to continue with the On-Screen Marking System (OMS) was taken on Sunday during a meeting convened by governor and chancellor of the university, Ch Vidyasagar Rao, which was attended by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and key officials.
The meeting was held at Raj Bhavan on Sunday to review the ongoing assessment of answer papers and the road map for reforms in conducting examinations. Highly placed sources in the government confirmed the development.
“Yes, the online system will continue for all the courses. Its glitches and shortcomings will also be tackled,” the sources said. The governor told officials that all necessary steps be taken to fix shortcomings in the business process and software, said a senior officer present at the meet. Rao also directed MU to declare the results of upcoming examinations to be held between November 8 and December 20 within 30 days or maximum 45 days, as mandated by the Public Universities Act.
Dhiren Patel, acting pro-vice chancellor, MU, who was also present in the review meet, confirmed there was no moving away from OMS. Patel said, “Several errors led to the delay of results this time, but we’ll make sure no such thing is repeated in the upcoming exams. Assessment of all exams will be conducted online this semester as well.” The technical details of the assessment process will be confirmed by the Board of Examination (BOE) soon,” he said.
Taking the mess very seriously, Fadnavis warned officers not to repeat the mistakes. .
The governor has also directed MU to declare the results of 11,981 students by making it their top priority. The results are yet to be declared as thousands of answer scripts are still untraceable owing to technical glitches in OMS. Further, the university received more than 46,806 requests from students for re-evaluation of answer papers, the governor directed the MU authorities to complete the re-evaluation process in a timely manner.
The MU is facing flak for unprecedented delay in declaring results of most of the courses risking future of thousands of students. It failed to follow multiple deadlines set up to declare all the results following which vice chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh was sent on indefinite leave by the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of all the universities of the state.
The MU had adopted OMS for assessing answer papers in order to flush out mismanagement from the process and make it transparent ever. However, lack of preparations and infrastructure led to chaos and to the students’ suffering.
Earlier this month, a series of meetings were held between the university staff, college principals and experts to discuss the future of OMS and most experts had suggested that only the self-financed courses (BMM, BMS, etc.) as well as engineering exams should be assessed online while the rest should be assessed manually.
While discussing on academic audit of affiliated colleges of MU, the governor further directed the state higher and technical education department and MU to set up a task force for conducting academic audit of all the affiliated colleges. He asked them to make sure that all affiliated colleges complied with the standards of the academic excellence which included staff, infrastructure, etc.
The chancellor also directed that while granting any affiliation to a college, an Information Technology based frame work shall be used wherein the processes of constituting the local inspection team, conducting the inspection process and recording of the evidence shall be carried out in a fool proof and transparent manner.