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Higher Education

On deadline eve, results of 323 courses still awaited

PUBLISH DATE 31st July 2017

Principals Feel Pressure Is Needed Now

A day ahead of the Mumbai University's July 31 deadline to declare results, only 26,000 papers were assessed on Sunday . As of Sunday evening, the varsity is yet to announce results for 323 courses. Of the 153 results that the university has announced, many courses do not have more than 200 students each.Even as political outfits have demanded that vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh step down, college principals feel there must be pressure to ensure the results are announced at the earliest, keeping the interest of students in mind.

With only a few thousand papers assessed on Sunday , the university has over 3 lakh papers yet to be corrected.While it was expected that the arts, science and technology results would meet the deadline set by the governor, 21,000, 4,032 and 3,637 papers are yet to be assessed in the streams .The largest chunk of unevaluated papers -2.64 lakh continues to remain in the commerce stream.

Despite it being a Sunday , 939 examiners reported for assessment work. Former controller of examination, Dinesh Bhonde, too was roped in to help out with assessment as he has experience with online process. “Work is in progress and we will be able to declare several more results by late night,“ MA Khan, registrar of the university, told TOI on Sunday The principal of a prominent south Mumbai college said, “There can be deliberation and debate on whether we appoint the best people to run the university but currently the focus must be students who want to pursue higher education. If these delays were expected, the higher authorities should have communicated it to at least other universities in the country to give provisional admission to students on the basis of the last semester results. But, right now, students have been left in the lurch.“

Another college principal said asking the VC to step down may not be the best idea. “If the VC steps down now, it will be the easiest way out for him. There should, in fact, be pressure to declare the results at the earliest and then an appropriate inquiry and action could be initiated against those responsible,“ said the principal.