Mumbai varsity’s Diwali dampener: Exams during vacation period
Teachers and students express displeasure, as the exams for will be held during vacation period, which ends on November 6mumbai Updated: Sep 08, 2017 23:55 IST
Amidst the chaos surrounding the assessment and announcement of results from the previous semester, the University of Mumbai (MU) on Friday announced timetable for the upcoming exams. Teachers and students expressed displeasure, as the exams for first-year students will be held during Diwali vacation, which ends on November 6.
“Teachers have worked during the summer holidays followed by managing assessment and lectures. Now the university wants to eat into their Diwali vacations as well. This is extremely unfair to the teachers,” said Anju Kapoor, principal of UPG College, Vile Parle.
She added that several teachers and students, who had planned their holidays in advance, will now be forced to alter their plans. “What’s the use of sharing the academic calendar with people at the beginning of the year if the university cannot stick to it,” Kappor said.
To make matters worse, exams of first-year students will be held before the second-year students, starting October 30. This is happening despite the fact that first-year students had a shorter academic semester this year owing to delay in admissions.
“We started lectures for first-year in mid-July and then we lost time owing to Ganpati holidays and rains. How is the university expecting teachers to finish the syllabus of an entire semester in two months?” said another principal of a suburban college. The institute plans to conduct extra lectures over the next couple of weeks to make up for lost time.
Second-year students said they too were unhappy as their exams have been scheduled right after the Diwali break — second week of November.
“It was obvious that exams will be delayed because the university faced a lot of trouble while announcing results. But the portion for second-year (third semester) students is almost over. Why do we wait for another two months for our exams?” said a second-year BMS student.
With more than 10 results still pending to be announced by the university, and thousands of students’ results still held in reserve, the university has requested all affiliated colleges to extend admission deadline for post graduate courses until September 15. The original deadline for PG admissions was August 21, after which the date has been extended twice. Colleges are worried about completing the PG syllabus as the academic session is already delayed by a month.