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72 students get `0' in MA paper

PUBLISH DATE 7th September 2017

80% Distance-Learning Pupils From MU Who Gave Sociology Test Fail

More than 70 MA part-I (sociology) students from Mumbai University's Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) have been marked zero in one of their papers. If that is not enough, close to 80% of the 462 (including the 72) students who gave the test, failed it. A majority of the students have failed in `Theoretical Anthropology'. While university officials suggested students to seek re-valuation, students claim it is not their fault and the university should rectify the mistake.

Shaheena U, a first-year MA student, said she was marked zero in the anthropology paper and she has just managed to get passing marks in the remaining subjects. “I know I have written it well.Even if we write a little, it is impossible to get zero marks. University officials have told us the results are kept on reserve, but have suggested we should go for reevaluation. Our admissions to second year also is delayed,“ she said.

Another student, Janaki S, said many students attempt NETSET. “With just passing marks, many of us will not be eligible for the competitive test. They have already delayed the results, and now the repeaters' exam will come in October. Why should we re-appear for an exam we have done well in? Why should we suffer because of their fault?“ she asked.

An official said of the 687 students who enrolled for the exam, 225 had remained absent. Of the remaining 462, 361 failed and the university is looking into it. The official said of the 361who failed, 72 were given zero marks and the university is trying to figure what exactly went wrong. “We will rectify it soon.The passing criteria too had changed this year. Till last year, group passing was allowed; this year they modified the rules,“ said the official.

On Wednesday , the university announced TYBCom (Accountancy and Finance) or TY BAF results, bringing relief to close to 6,000 students. “Problems, if any , in the results will be known only when students approach us,“ said a principal. Even as results of thousands of students are kept on reserve, the university claimed only 12 of the 477 results are pending, as on Wednesday .

Registrar yet to take charge at Mum varsity

Kirti College principal V N Magare, who was given additional charge of Mumbai University's registrar, is yet to join office. The university is functioning without a registrar for over three weeks. Magare remained unavailable for comment.