Mumbai varsity delays results, V-C’s niece misses out on dream of securing spot at Ivy League school

Mumbai city news: The niece of MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh has missed her chance to seek admission in the US-based Cornell University

mumbai Updated: Jul 03, 2017 11:27 IST
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“My niece was selected for a foreign university, but couldn’t secure the admission because the results haven’t been declared yet. I can’t forgive myself for that”, MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh has said.(HT File Photo)

She worked hard to find an MBA course in Australia that suits her needs, but 21-year-old Arunima Prakash won’t go this year.

Reason: The University of Mumbai (MU) has so far only assessed 20% of the 20-lakh answer booklets through the on-screen marking (OSM) system introduced this year, which replaced the pen-and-paper method of evaluation.

“My classes are scheduled to begin in mid-August and I need to submit all documents in order to be accepted to the university. I am hoping the results will be declared by the end of this month,” Prakash said.

Prakash, who appeared for her final semester of Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) in April, is not alone. Lakhs of students is still waiting for their final year results, including the niece of MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh, who has missed her chance to seek admission in the US-based Cornell University, which is an Ivy League school.

“My niece was selected for a foreign university, but couldn’t secure the admission because the results haven’t been declared yet. I can’t forgive myself for that. But these are rare cases,” said Deshmukh. “We usually issue letters to foreign universities, requesting them to give more time for students to submit their results.”

Every semester — it comprises six months — the university conducts 402 examinations across 755 affiliated colleges. The Maharashtra Universities Act has set a 45-day deadline to declare results.

A delay in the tendering process for OSM, however, meant paper assessment began in mid-May this year. With only 20% of the answer sheets assessed as most teachers were on summer vacation, a big chunk of the almost 20 lakh answer booklets from the last semester are yet to scanned before they are converted into the desired format for digital assessment by teachers.

It’s not just students wanting to study abroad who are facing an uncertain future. The delay has jeopardised admissions to post-graduation courses, especially law courses. The state government has set July 7 as the deadline to register for centralised admissions to law colleges. But law aspirants are now in a fix. “I don’t know what to do. If the results are not declared before the deadline, I might have to submit the marks of my previous semester to get through the registration process,” said Sushant Tangadi, a third-year student from BNN College in Bhiwandi.

“The assessment work is gathering pace and teachers are finally reporting to the assessment centres,” said MA Khan, MU registrar.

However, some students, like 20-year-old Manav Parikh, who wants to pursue Masters in Sports Management in the US, has written to the university to consider his predicament and offer provisional admission until he can submit his final mark sheet. “I’ve also submitted a letter from my college principal explaining the situation here and urging them to grant me admission. I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” said Parikh, a BMS student of KC College, adding his academic session begins in the first week of September.

(Names of students have been changed)

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 10:43 IST