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Results mess aftermath: Mumbai colleges have 55 days to cover portion taught in 90 days

Though the university had scheduled Diwali vacation between October 13 and November 6, it recently slotted first-year degree exams from Octobesr 30

mumbai Updated: Sep 18, 2017 10:45 IST
Musab Qazi
Mumbai...20th January 2011... Mumbai University - HT Photo by Hemant Padalkar
Mumbai...20th January 2011... Mumbai University - HT Photo by Hemant Padalkar(Hindustan Times)

As the University of Mumbai (MU) and its affiliated colleges scramble to finish the syllabus in time following the results mess that delayed the admission process, students who have opted for post-graduation (PG) students and teachers are looking at truncated vacations and additional classes to cover the time lost.

With thousands of the degree students still awaiting results, the university has deferred the deadline for PG admissions until September 25, leaving MU departments and affiliated colleges with the uphill task of covering the entire semester’s curriculum in just 55 days. This is almost half of the mandatory 90-day teaching period prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

“It will be tough to complete the syllabus in this limited period. We are waiting for the instructions from the university. Simultaneously, we are also trying to figure out if a few lectures can be held during Diwali vacations,” said Rajpal Hande, principal, Mithibai College, Vile Parle.

“In any case, the college will be functional for a week during vacations due to the degree [first-year] college exams. So we might as well conduct a few lectures for PG students during this period,” said Parag Thakkar, principal, HR College, Churchgate.

Though the university had scheduled Diwali vacation between October 13 and November 6, it recently slotted first-year degree exams from October 30.

However, a few principals believe that it may impossible to cut down on holidays.

“We have Diwali vacations as per the schedule because many outstation students need time to travel home and come back,” said Kalim Khan, director, Rizvi Institute of Management Studies and Research, Bandra.

Balaji Kendre, an associate professor at MU’s department of sociology, said the department is planning to conduct additional classes during the existing teaching days to compensate for the days lost owing to the results mess. “There might be six lectures every day, instead of four,” he said.

Some of the colleges have commenced the semester to minimise the academic loss. Jhunjhunwala College, Ghatkopar, has started lectures and practical sessions for all its masters and PG diploma courses, except MCom. The focus for now is on projects before regular sessions begin. Even the students, who are yet to seek admission, to the college can attend lectures.

Birla College, Kalyan, too started orientation and laboratory work for its MSc Bio-Technology course. KC College, Churchgate and MU Law Academy will hold special classes for law aspirants.

“For us, the benefit of students is the top priority. Owing to the extended vacation, they have lost the touch with the academics and want to return to the college,” said Usha Mukundan, principal, Jhunjhunwala College.