Univ Appoints OSD, To Set Up A War Room General Merit List Out, Errors In Nearly 1,000 Admission Forms
The governor has taken serious cognisance of the delay in declaration of undergraduate and postgraduate results by Mumbai University in a review meeting held on Tuesday . The governor, also chancellor of the university , C Vidyasagar Rao, has set a July 31 deadline for the university to declare all results, much to the relief of students.He also asked the vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh to set up a war room and monitor progress in real time. The university has now decided to appoint an officer on special duty (OSD) to expedite online assessment.
In the review meeting at Raj Bhavan, university officials revealed only about 4 lakh of the 19 lakh answersheets have been assessed till date, as the university failed miserably to meet the statutory 45-day deadline. A university official said the huge numbers of commerce students is difficult to manage, leading to the chaos. The official added un dergraduate exams are given preference over postgraduate ones for assessment.
The university appointed Mithibai College's professor Vinayak Dalvie as the OSD to monitor assessment on Tuesday . Registrar M A Khan said, “We have only about 2,200 teachers reporting to the assessment centres daily, we are looking at increasing it to at least 10,000. Only 20 papers are being assessed every day by one teacher, we will increase that too. We plan to create more micro-centres to ensure teachers are not forced to travel far for assessment work.“
The Bombay University and College Teachers' Union, however, blamed difficulties during the assessment process for the delay . “Slow downloading and authentication problems are major issues. College servers are unable to take the load,“ BUCTU wrote in a letter to the chancellor.It claimed the governor and the general public were made to believe that assessment was delayed due to non-availability of teachers, but answer scripts for majority of subjects were not ready for assessment as late as May 14.“Many examiners reported getting wrong papers, leading to further wastage of time,“ it said.BUCTU recommended the university be instructed to upgrade its servers on a war footing to accommodate traffic arising out of large logins and downloading.
The governor directed additional chief secretary , higher and technical education, Sitaram Kunte, to depute a representative to monitor progress and give feedback to the government and the chancellor's office. He directed the V-C to bring all available human resources and infrastructure together for the assessment. In an indication that cut-offs for junior college admissions may be higher at top rung institutes, the number of applicants with a score of 95% and above has gone up by almost 25% as compared to last year. The number of applicants with a score of 90% has, however, seen a drop.
According to the general merit list announced on Tuesday ,15 students scored100%. But the student who has been ranked one has, in fact, scored 71.4%. Last year, six students made it to the 100% club in the general merit list, but it was later found to be an error. Education officials claimed there are approximately 1,000 such mistakes this year and these will be rectified over the next two days.
Ruqaiya Bhusavalwala, who was first on the general merit list, had made a mistake while filling up a form at a guidance centre in Lower Parel. “I didn't know the exact marks so I filled the form using my mock marks and the officials didn't say anything. I have scored 500 out of 700 and will correct my marks on Wednesday ,“ said the student of an IGCSE school in Dubai. The education department continued to receive complaints from students that the additional marks they received for arts, culture and sports, are not yet reflecting in their forms. Over 16,000 students in Mumbai received the extra marks this year.
The rise in number of students with 95% and above could have an impact on the first merit list to be announced on July 10. “Last year, our first cut-off was 93.5%. Since the bracket of 95%+ scorers has gone up we can expect a higher cut-off. There might be a marginal difference between the first and second list,“ said Parag Thakkar, incharge principal, HR College.
The number of FYJC applicants who scored above 90% has dropped to13,575 from14,589 last year. This could be attributed to the dip in the number of SSC students who scored above 90%.“Earlier, CBSE and ICSE students were in the 95%+ bracket, but with the extra marks for arts, culture and sports, SSC students have joined the league,“ said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind College. “These marks are almost unreal and could push up the cut-offs.“
Hemlata Bagla, in-charge principal of KC College, said, “Seeing the growing popularity for arts and commerce at undergraduate level, more students with 90% and above seem to opt for these streams and hence, the cut-offs could rise. But the absolute are only 500 so it won't affect cut-offs at all colleges.“