The city students who cleared the joint entrance test (JEE) for National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs), the premier pharma science institutes, may have to drop a year, as they are yet to receive their graduation results from Mumbai University.
The JEE holds key to 800 seats of MBA Pharmacy and MPharm at 7 NIPERs across the country. Around 100 students from colleges affiliated to MU have made it to the list of top 1000 rankers.
The counselling process for admission to MBA Pharmacy course at NIPERs will begin on Monday and will continue till Wednesday. The counselling for MPharm will take place next week between July 17 and 19. The results are unlikely to be declared any time soon, because till last month the varsity had assessed less than 20% of around 20 lakh answer sheets.
The varsity has requested NIPER Mohali, which is carrying out admission process this year, to grant provisional admission to its students. However, the premier institute has not accepted the request. “Our admission process was declared in April. The students cannot be admitted without results as we don’t we have a provision for the waiting list,” said Raghuram Rao, director NIPER Mohali.
This year, MU adopted an on-screen marking process for assessment. The decision caused a huge delay in results, as MU couldn’t appoint an agency for a long time and technical glitches continue to plague the system.
According to Rao, MU is the only varsity that has failed to declare results before counselling. If a university fails to declare results on time, NIPERs seek access to the results of the pharma aspirants directly from varsity. The varsity has failed to provide even those ‘confidential’ results. The aspirants are heartbroken. “What is the point of studying hard for four years and getting good rank? We will now lose a year. And what’s the guarantee that we will perform as well next year?” said an aspirant.