Higher Education

Higher Education

Semester for few MA students reduced to less than 15 days

PUBLISH DATE 25th October 2017

Though an average college semester lasts for about four months, for students who recently received their individual results owing to the mess at University of Mumbai (MU) their semester ends within a fortnight. This has left students and colleges worried.

Despite starting their semester in mid-September, students pursuing MA in Public Relations and MA in Entertainment, Media and Advertising, would be appearing for semester exams in the first week of November. Situation is precarious for students who opted for these courses after getting their results in October.

Even those students who received their degree results months ago, the prolonged admission season has reduced their semester to less than two months. Exams for most of the master’s courses have been scheduled for November last week or December.

“Even though we had started classes for our first-year master’s students in mid-September, we have barely managed to finish half the portion. How will students appear for exams?” asked Anju Kapoor, principal, UPG College, Vile Parle. “The least we expect from the university is to schedule exams in a way that students are able to attend minimum number of lectures as per UGC norms.”

Officials at the examination department of the university said they are yet to look into the complaints.

“A few of the exams were rescheduled after students protested lack of time for preparations. But in this case the university has not bothered to make changes,” said the coordinator of a south Mumbai college.

She added one of the reasons for this might be the fewer number of students opting for these two courses. “Only a handful of colleges offer these courses. But this does not give MU the right to take them for granted,” she said.