State Ropes In Ex-MU Officials For Assessment
Even as Mumbai University declared TYBSc semester VI results on Monday night, the first major exam results to be released this exam season, several students found that their results have been kept in reserve. Results are usually kept in reserve for various reasons, including not clearing a previous semester.College principals have asked students not to panic about possible glitches in the online assessment system.
A college principal said, “We'll get a clear picture only when the consolidated marks are sent to the college. We will study the results on Thursday to understand the problem. Results of students who have not cleared their lower exams are usually kept on hold.“
With more papers getting added to the pool of pending answer sheets, the total count of pending papers to be assessed has been stagnant at around three lakh for a few days.One in four commerce answer sheets and almost the same number in law are yet to be assessed. Of the 477 courses, results of 183 courses were out by Tuesday .
To mobilize teachers to expedite assessment of commerce papers, representatives from the governor's office and the state government roped in former university officials, including former pro-vice-chancellor Naresh Chandra. An official said the higher education secretary met former and current deans of commerce faculty, including Madhu Nair, ST Gadade and Chandra and asked them to assist the university in the online assessment process. Officer on special duty for assessment Vinayak Dalvie was also present at the meeting. “We may request colleges to relieve teachers and ask them to come to assessment centre at Kalina to increase productivity ,“ said an official.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday admitted that the online assessment system should have been introduced in phases for results to be announced on time. The issue was raised in the legislative assembly by NCP legislator Ajit Pawar. Fadnavis gave an assurance that students going abroad for further studies will get their marksheets by August 15. Varsity officials, however, claim printing of marksheets is another mammoth task as the unviersity will have to ensure they are error-free.
“It is a completely new system and the university has been unable to implement it properly. Whether it should have been introduced across (streams) or in phases will be studied. The education department will issue directives on how much of the online system should be implemented till it is properly understood,“ Fadnavis said.
A senior MU official said results of all commerce courses are likely to skip the extended deadline of August 5, and be out by August 15, in a realis tic sense. “The mismatch of number of students and total answer scripts available is creating a problem. Though papers have not gone missing, they are in different folders and need to be pulled out. Too many players were involved in handling different tasks, like scanning and uploading answersheets, which caused problems,“ said the official.
While many teachers believe the assessment process could go partly offline in future, it's unlikely. “We will take in suggestions from all and then implement it,“ said an official.