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Suffering In Silence

Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Parth Khatau

New Vice Chancellor on board to steady the ship but quality of MU assessment questioned

The University of Mumbai declared 16 results yesterday taking the total to 323 results being declared so far with a further 16,284 answer booklets being evaluated while going to press. Arts stream has had 131 results declared while 14, 24, 24, 129 for commerce, science, management, technology respectively and a mere 1 result for law. There are still 59,655 pending scripts to be evaluated and with students losing hope and patience, the University is under immense pressure to declare the remaining results as soon as possible.

The University took on the task of going digital despite warnings from various stakeholders. Not only did they fail in delivering the results on time, their quality of assessment has dropped too. I know students in the top percentiles that have failed, mark sheets with wrong CGPA typed for TYBSC, so on and so forth
 - Vaishnavi Mangalvedhekar, Student, K.C. College

Students unhappy with quality of evaluation
Expedited results might bring relief to few but many students have been unhappy or rather shocked with the quality of assessment of answer sheets.
Vaishnavi Mangalvedhekar, a student of Kischanchand Chellaram College, Churchgate who completed her B.A. in Psychology, said"The University took on the task of going digital despite warnings from various stakeholders. Not only did they fail in delivering the results on time, their quality of assessment has dropped too. I know students in the top percentiles that have failed, mark sheets with wrong CGPA typed for TYBSC, so on and so forth. The University also announced that they would help students with conditional offers - however, in postgraduate studies abroad, a lot of universities (like the ones I would like to attend in Australia) don't even accept applications without your final grades. I am looking at losing an entire semester due to the massive goof-up, just like a lot of my friends. What's worst, is that not one official apology has been issued by the university for risking the careers of lakhs of students."

"We work really hard to give our examinations and deserve better," she added.

A professor who is an evaluator for Mumbai University, on  condition of annonimity said, "There have been numerous complaints of examiners over-looking questions and attributing marks to unattempted questions. I personally have come across 20-25 in over 170 papers I have assessed. It is not the examiners fault as the VC and other members from the university have been giving diktats to the teachers,  so everything is in a frenzy. Hence students are again on the receiving end, unfortunately haven't seen students taking to the streets demanding timely and quality assessment."

A student of D. G. Ruparel College who had to clear his semester 5 backlog due to missing those examinations due to dengue, yesterday received just 14 marks in his physics examination. "He is a very bright student and his results have been a shock to all of us. He attempted the paper and expected a good percentage. He has no choice but to send the paper for reevaluation," said Tushar Desai, Principal, Ruparel College.

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