MU RE­SULTS DE­LAY SAGA

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

Lakhs of stu­dents had to spend a sleep­less nights this year as the re­sults of Mumbai Univer­sity (MU) ex­am­i­na­tions were de­layed. Over four lakh stu­dents awaited their re­sults of 477 sum­mer se­mes­ter ex­am­i­na­tions com­pris­ing of around 22 lakh an­swer scripts for more than three months.

This de­lay was caused due to the lack of prepa­ra­tion and loop­holes in im­ple­men­ta­tion of On-Screen Mark­ing (OSM) sys­tem of on­line as­sess­ment process, man­aged by the agency Mer­itTrac, which was ini­ti­ated this year for the first time. Re­sults had er­rors and needed recheck­ing which made the stu­dents wait for the reval­u­a­tion process which again stretched for a pe­riod of three months.

The re­sults were de­layed as the an­swer scripts were not up­loaded cor­rectly, scanned ad­e­quately and clas­si­fied in wrong bas­kets of cour­ses. An­swer scripts of Arts stream were placed in the bas­ket of Com­merce and teach­ers could not as­sess them. In ad­di­tion, an­swer scripts were half scanned and up­loaded as the in­ter­net speed was slow. Teach­ers had to wait for hours as an­swer scripts took a lot of time to up­load and ap­pear on the screen.

Stu­dents had to wait for months while the re­sults were sup­posed to be de­clared within 45 days from date of ex­am­i­na­tion. Rachna Sha­hane, a stu­dent said, “We were wait­ing ev­ery day as there was no news from the univer­sity. We used to check the univer­sity web­site ev­ery day ev­ery minute just to find out if our re­sults were an­nounced.”

Sanjay Desh­mukh, ViceChan­cel­lor of MU, who was re­spon­si­ble for ini­ti­at­ing this process was sacked from his of­fice by the Gover­nor of Ma­ha­rash­tra and Chan­cel­lor of MU, Ch Vidyasagar Rao. The mess was tack­led as teach­ers were asked to spend ex­tra hours and com­plete as­sess­ment in or­der to de­clare re­sults.

The on­line as­sess­ment process is man­aged by the same agency for the win­ter se­mes­ter ex­am­i­na­tions. Both the MU and agency claims to have taken nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions and steps to avoid any kind of de­lay this time and in the fu­ture. (CON­TRIB­U­TORS: NEETA KOLHATKAR, RON­ALD RO­DRIGUES AND SWAPNIL MISHRA)

Lakhs of stu­dents had to spend sleep­less nights this year as re­sults of Mumbai Univer­sity ex­am­i­na­tions were de­layed. Over four lakh stu­dents waited for their re­sults of 477 sum­mer se­mes­ter ex­am­i­na­tions com­pris­ing of around 22 lakh an­swer scripts for more than three months

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