Pharmacy students wanting to apply for post-graduate courses offered by the National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPERs), the premier pharma science institutes, heaved a sigh of relief after the University of Mumbai (MU) announced results for Bachelor of Pharmacy. The announcement came in time for the admissions at NIPER.
However, despite the delay, the varsity declared results for just five of the 100 students.
The 100 students from colleges affiliated with the MU, who made it to the list of top 1,000 rankers of the NIPER joint entrance examination (JEE), feared losing a year owing to the delay in getting their degree results.
But the varsity declared the results of five students who appeared for the counselling session for MBA Pharmacy course at NIPER. Three of these students secured seats in institutes of their choice on Wednesday.
The university assured NIPER Mohali, which is conducting the admissions, that it will send the remaining results before the counselling session for other courses, including MS Pharmacy, MPharm and MTech Pharmacy, starts on July 17.
“We are happy that the university sent us the results. The students were allowed to participate in the admission process. The university vice-chancellor said that he will send the remaining results before the next counselling session,” said Raghuram Rao, director, NIPER Mohali.
This year, the MU adopted an on-screen marking process in the place of traditional pen-andpaper evaluation. The decision delayed the results, as the varsity couldn't appoint an appropriate agency for a long time, while technical glitches plagued the system.
According to Rao, MU was the only university that couldn't declare the results before counselling. Students from more than 200 universities took the entrance test this year. If a university fails to declare results on time, NIPERs seek access to the results of the pharma aspirants directly from varsity.