Higher Education

Higher Education

Mum Univ to miss assessment deadline again students in quandary over admissions

PUBLISH DATE 1st September 2017

The Mumbai University is set to miss yet another deadline for assessment completion, as was promised in the Bombay high court. Nearly 85,000 answersheets are yet to be corrected even as postgraduate admissions conclude on Thursday . August 31 was the last date to fill the admission forms for the three-year law programme, as well as for submitting marksheets to confirm admission to MBA MMS, MTech, MCA and other professional courses.

Afestive weekend followed by torrential rain derailed the assessment process to some extent as only about 5,000 papers were checked over the last seven days. On Tuesday , 6,822 papers were corrected by 146 teachers, and on Wednesday , 5,265 papers were assessed by 112 teachers. Many of the teachers who contributed in the assessment work on these two days are likely to be from other universities, said an official.

The university declared TYBCom results on Sunday--the exam taken by the highest number of candidates--but the results of nearly 10,000 students were held back and many others were marked absent. TYBA, engineering and law results also saw a simi lar trend. The helpdesk, which was set up at the university to primarily help students seeking admissions in foreign universities, is inundated with enquiries from students who were marked absent or whose results have been held back, said an official. He added that results kept on hold will be declared within 10 days.

Also, the university's website was down for the third consecutive day and many students were unable to check results that were announced on Wednesday . Several TYBCom students also are still unable to access their results online.While colleges have received the consolidated marks, students are unable to visit their institutes due to the downpour. Some colleges have displayed the scores of their students on their own websites.

The deadline for centralized law admissions in state had been extended for almost a month to accommodate MU students, on the direction of Maharashtra government.“We have already extended the deadline several times; it may be difficult for us to extend it further,“ said Chandrashekhar Oak, state's CET cell commissioner. “We will take a decision on Thursday . Students who are yet to get their results probably can join the process from the second round.“ Other postgraduate admissions, though done on the basis of the entrance test scores, require marksheets for confirmation.“The deadline of courses, like MBAMMS, was decided by a Supreme Court order and I am bound by it,“ added Oak.

Meanwhile, ABVP demanded vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh's resignation and sought a judiciary inquiry into the contract between MU and MeritTrac. They also urged the government to appoint permanent officers in MU.