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MU results mess: Students move HC to speed up re-evaluation of LLB answer sheets

The petitioners said many who aspire to pursue LLM at the university have unexpectedly failed in their LLB exams

mumbai Updated: Sep 26, 2017 23:52 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
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The petitioners said many who aspire to pursue LLM at the university have unexpectedly failed in their LLB exams. They fear they may lose a year if re-evaluation results aren’t declared before the September 28 deadline for submitting applications. (File)

Afraid of losing a year, a group of law students have moved the Bombay high court (HC) seeking directives for the University of Mumbai (MU) to speed up re-evaluation of LLB papers.

The petitioners said many who aspire to pursue LLM at the university have unexpectedly failed in their LLB exams. They fear they may lose a year if re-evaluation results aren’t declared before the September 28 deadline for submitting applications.

“Many students with excellent academic record have failed in the final-year examinations. While they have applied for re-evaluation, the deadline for LLM admissions is fast approaching,” said Saurabh Mashelkar, one of the petitioners.

Many students have complained they received lower scores, even single-digit marks, in the MU exams held in the first half of the year. A number of law students said they failed in ‘Law of Evidence’ paper.

Around 50,000 students have so far applied for re-evaluation of papers. The students have blamed the varsity, which is struggling to implement its new on-screen marking process, for shoddy assessment of papers. “The students are suffering for no fault of theirs. We requested the university officials to expedite the re-evaluation process, but we were told they were unable to do so due to some problems in the centralised assessment process (CAP),” said Sachin Pawar, president, Student Law Council.

Arjun Ghatule, in-charge director, board of examination and evaluation couldn’t be reached for a comment.

MU’s decision to replace the traditional pen-and-paper evaluation with an on-screen assessment process has caused an unprecedented delay in results.

First Published: Sep 26, 2017 23:44 IST