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Teachers still waiting for Mumbai University nod to start digital assessment of papers

Mumbai city news: Most third year (sixth semester) exams got over in April this year and as per rules, results were supposed to be announced within 45 days of the exams.

mumbai Updated: Jul 03, 2017 10:30 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Mumbai university,digital assessment
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Exams as well as results can be equally stressing for a student, but the stress reaches new heights when results are delayed. Looking at the speed at which the University of Mumbai (MU) is working on the assessment of sixth semester answer papers, colleges are worried that announcement of results might take another month, if not more, as many teachers are still waiting to receive an SMS from the university to start the digital assessment of answer booklets.

“According to the process as mentioned by MU, we are supposed to wait for an email first, followed by an SMS which informs us about the login IDs and password for each individual teacher. Most of us have received the email but are still waiting for the SMS,” said a professor from the BMM department. With no word from MU still about this process, most colleges have already started classes for the next academic year. “We can’t be sitting and wasting time, so we plan to finish the portion for our current batch and head for assessment as and when called to do so,” she added.

Most third year (sixth semester) exams got over in April this year and as per rules, results were supposed to be announced within 45 days. However, almost two months later, university officials are not even aware of how many papers have been scanned or assessed as yet. “Scanning of papers is still on, but we cannot be sure of the final figures. We have ensured that assessment of papers begins simultaneously,” said Anil Patil, director, Academic Planning and Development, MU. This is despite the fact that the main aim of introducing digital assessment was to have easy access to daily updates on the number of answer booklets that have been scanned and assessed.

In March, when the MU vice chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh had announced the introduction of on-screen assessment, the plan was to scan over 19.5 lakh answer booklets and finish its assessment within 45 days. However, with scanning still on and most teachers still waiting to start assessment, principals fear results might take much more time.

“This means students who are aiming at higher education institutes abroad will face a tough time, with most foreign universities already starting their admissions process. With no results in hand, our students will be unable to apply for a seat in time, which is unfair on them,” said Anju Kapoor, principal of UPG College in Vile Parle. She added that many teachers from the Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM), Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) and other courses of her college have not yet received an SMS from the University to start assessment of papers. “Looks like results will not be out for another month,” she added.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 14:33 IST