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Four more lecture-free days in Mumbai university to finish paper assessment on time

Of the 11,800 teachers eligible for assessment this semester, only 4,522 reported for duty on Thursday

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2017 00:28 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
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The University of Mumbai has to declare results by July 31.(HT FILE)

The University of Mumbai (MU) has extended lecture-free days for commerce, arts and law faculties till July 31 to allow them to finish assessing papers before the deadline. University officials also prepared a list of teachers who have not logged on to the assessment website even once despite no lectures being held since July 24.

“The largest chunk of papers left to be assessed is from commerce and arts faculties, so we have decided to extend the lecture-free days. Meanwhile, those teachers who have still not reported for assessment despite being asked to should be ready to face the music,” said MA Khan, registrar, MU.

He added that colleges have been informed that every teacher has to complete 40 hours of assessment work between July 24 and 31.

According to figures released by the university on Thursday evening, around four lakh papers are yet to be evaluated. Of the 11,800 teachers eligible for assessment this semester, only 4,522 reported for duty on Thursday.

While the university was busy drawing up a list of teachers who are yet to report for assessment, the redressal cell at the examination house continued to receive complaints from teachers facing difficulties in evaluations. “After numerous complaints, I’m still receiving answer papers in Marathi. What’s the use of cancelling lectures if the system is still riddled with errors,” said a professor who did not wish to be named.

Earlier this week, MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh had met governor and chancellor of the university Ch Vidyasagar Rao to ask for an extension of deadline to announce results. The governor, however, insisted on the July 31 deadline.

Officials from the examination department told HT that while results of select courses from science and engineering departments would be released by Friday, commerce and arts courses’ results might take some more time.

“If all teachers eligible for assessment get to work, we will clear this backlog before July 31,” said Vinayak Dalvie, officer on special duty to the examination section of the varsity.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 00:28 IST