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Mumbai university result deadline ends today: 3.2 lakh papers yet to be assessed

Around 3.25 lakh answer sheets of more than 17 lakh are yet to be evaluated.

mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2017 01:12 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
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The bulk of pending answer sheets, over 2.64 lakh, belong to the commerce faculty, while the assessment of science, technology and management is nearly complete, with just a few thousand papers remaining.(File)

The University of Mumbai (MU) was nowhere near its assessment deadline on Sunday after just 939 teachers of the 13,000 appointed turned up to correct papers.

Around 3.25 lakh answer sheets of more than 17 lakh are yet to be evaluated. The bulk of pending answer sheets, over 2.64 lakh, belong to the commerce faculty, while the assessment of science, technology and management is nearly complete, with just a few thousand papers remaining.

“Assessment work is still going on, but we have time to meet the deadline,” MA Khan, MU registrar told HT on Sunday evening.

This year, MU adopted an on-screen marking process for the assessment process, in place of traditional pen-and-paper evaluation. The decision caused a major delay in results because MU did not appoint an agency in time and technical glitches continued to plague the system. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who also serves as chancellor of the university, asked the varsity administration to declare all the results by July 31.

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While the varsity had requested the governor to extend the deadline for another week, the governor refused to do so. “If the university doesn’t meet the deadline, the governor will take a call on Monday,” said a spokesperson from Raj Bhavan.

On Sunday, the varsity assessed around 11,000 papers, moderated another 14,000 answer sheets and declared 10 results. So far, 151 out of 477 examination results have been declared, but none of them belong to any of the major courses. The varsity was hoping to declare third-year BSc results late on Sunday night.

In a rush to meet the deadline, the varsity had requested all the teachers to work through the weekend, but only a fraction of them showed up. “Many commerce teachers came for assessment work at our centralised assessment process (CAP) centre, but the turnout was lower than usual. Many teachers have already evaluated more papers than what was expected of us. So they must have decided to take the day off,” said Jitendra Jha, a teacher at Jhunjhunwala College, Ghatkopar.

The University of Mumbai (MU) has enlisted around 13,000 teachers for the current cycle of evaluation.

The delay in results has affected admission to various post-graduation courses and likely to affect their academic calendar. Many students were unable to secure admission in foreign universities. The state common entrance test (CET) cell was forced to push the deadline to register for law admissions.

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First Published: Jul 31, 2017 01:12 IST