HC compares Mumbai University’s online assessment mess to demonetisationmumbai Updated: Aug 04, 2017 09:39 IST
Questioning the Mumbai University’s unpreparedness for online assessment of exam answer sheets, the Bombay high court on Thursday asked why the university implemented the system if it did not have the necessary infrastructure.
“You [teachers and the University] should have prepared in advance to meet the deadline. This is like demonetisation,” said a bench of justice BR Gavai and justice Riyaz Chagla.
The bench also directed the University to file within two weeks, its affidavit in response to a petition filed by a teachers’ association challenging the new On-Screen-Marking (OSM) system for assessing papers online.
The Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU) had approached the high court earlier this week over the inordinate delay in declaring the results of several undergraduate courses. The petition also raised concerns over the slapdash manner in which the OSM system was implemented by the university.
According to the petition, the system was introduced without providing essential infrastructure like the adequate number of computers and regular internet connections.
“The respondents (Mumbai University and other authorities) implemented the OSM system without making available infrastructure required for it, which led to a delay in declaring results, affecting thousands of students and their future career,” the petition reads.
The petitioners also said the university had decided in February this year to assess answer papers of final-year Arts, Commerce, Science and Law faculties by the OSM system and in April, the University awarded contract to two companies to provide infrastructure.
“The OSM system majorly depends on a good internet connection and computers of decent specifications, both of which are in scarcity coupled with poor administration, registration and overseeing of the entire system by the authorities,” the petition reads.
While the university was to complete assessments of its exams by July 31 this year, over 2.7 lakh answer papers are still pending evaluation.