Will Mumbai Univer­sity re­turn to its ana­log ways?

As the on­line eval­u­a­tion sys­tem spi­rals out of con­trol, talks are on about an off­line re-eval­u­a­tion

Mid Day - - CITY - PALLAVI SMART pallavi.smart@mid-day.com

AF­TER mak­ing much noise about the On-Screen Mark­ing (OSM) and the en­su­ing mess that fol­lowed, Mumbai Univer­sity is con­sid­er­ing re­turn­ing to its tra­di­tional prac­tice of off­line as­sess­ment for the re­assess­ment of exam pa­pers. The var­sity has been flooded with 50,000 ap­pli­ca­tions for re-eval­u­a­tion and pho­to­copy re­quests. Add to this, there are 28,498 an­swer sheets that are cur­rently non­trace­able. To com­bat the chaos, author­i­ties want to go back to old-school ways of as­sess­ment, to has­ten the process of re-eval­u­a­tion. And more so, be­cause next se­mes­ter’s exam sched­ule is out al­ready.

“So many stu­dents up­set with the as­sess­ment process are queu­ing up at the ex­am­i­na­tion house. With an­swer sheets lost in the sys­tem, relook­ing at hard copies is the only op­tion. Now that the re­sults have al­ready been de­layed, the re-eval­u­a­tion process needs to be quick,” said an of­fi­cer at the ex­am­i­na­tion sec­tion, re­quest­ing anonymity. The of­fi­cer fur­ther added, “Yes, the first op­tion is to trace the an­swer sheets in the on­line sys­tem. But, if some are not found, we will have to look at the bunches again to trace them.” There are a to­tal of 36,332 ap­pli­ca­tions for re-eval­u­a­tion and 8,931 ap­pli­ca­tions seek­ing pho­to­copies of an­swer­sheets. The com­bined fig­ure ex­ceeds last year’s by 20,000.

When con­tacted, PRO of Mumbai Univer­sity, deputy reg­is­trar Lee­lad­har Ban­sod, said, “The re-eval­u­a­tion process is be­ing done through the on­line sys­tem it­self. We have had all the an­swer-sheets scanned. Even though some are non-trace­able at the mo­ment, all scanned copies are there on the sys­tem.”

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