Seven months af­ter an­nounc­ing re­sults, B-school changes grades of 400 stu­dents

Col­lege Blames ‘Er­ro­neous’ Cir­cu­lar By MU

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Yogita.Rao@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: Over 400 first-year stu­dents of ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment pro­gramme at the Jam­nalal Ba­jaj In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Stud­ies (JBIMS) were in for a rude shock af­ter they found a fresh set of re­sults on their no­tice board for an exam they ap­peared in Novem­ber last year. They got their first se­mes­ter mark­sheets in Fe­bru­ary. Seven months af­ter the re­sults were out, the in­sti­tute put up a new set of re­sults on Thurs­day, by chang­ing the mark­ing pat­tern of the exam. The con­fu­sion, claimed a col­lege of­fi­cial, arose from an er­ro­neous cir­cu­lar is­sued by the Mum­bai Uni­ver­sity, which was rec­ti­fied later.

Some stu­dents failed, while for many the grades dropped by one unit. These stu­dents were await­ing their sec­ond se­mes­ter re­sults and are also at­tend­ing classes for the third se­mes­ter for the last two months not kno-

In se­mes­ter pat­tern, grades of each se­mes­ter are ac­counted for in the fi­nal re­sults

A cu­mu­la­tive grade is given to stu­dents based on their per­for­mance in all six semesters wing if they are el­i­gi­ble to con­tinue in the course at all. “We were wait­ing for the re­sults of se­mes­ter II exam, which was con­ducted in April. These re­vised re­sults have put most of us in a spot,” said a Mas­ters in Mar­ket­ing Man­age­ment (MMM) stu­dent, whose grade dropped from B to C.

Poor grades in fi­nal re­sults are likely to af­fect stu­dents’ job op­por­tu­ni­ties

Stu­dents will have to make up for poor grades in the com­ing semesters

A ma­jor­ity of the stu­dents have the same marks as be­fore. How­ever, their cu­mu­la­tive grade point aver­age (CGPA) changed dras­ti­cally and their grades dropped. A stu­dent’s CGPA dropped from 8.33 to 5.33 in the re­vised re­sults, and his to­tal changed by four marks and his grade dropped from A to B. For another stu­dent, the to­tal marks re­mained the same, but his CGPA dropped from 8.17 to 4.67 and grade dropped from A to B. Most stu­dents, who were happy with their A grades in the re­sults that were out in Fe­bru­ary are now dis­ap­pointed. Sim­i­lar prob­lems are faced by stu­dents from Mas­ters in Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment too.

“We are un­able to un­der­stand what has changed in the new re­sult. While some of our co-or­di­na­tors have claimed that the mark­ing pat­tern has changed from 60:40 (60 marks for ex­ter­nal exam and 40 for in- ter­nals) to 50:50. There is still no clar­ity as the marks have changed only for a few of us,” said a stu­dent. “Many of us are work­ing pro­fes­sion­als and these anom­alies de-mo­ti­vates us from pur­su­ing higher stud­ies,” said the stu­dent, adding that their mid-term ex­ams are ap­proach­ing and they are still not sure if they can ap­pear for it. “We are yet to pay the fees for our sec­ond year, but we are at­tend­ing classes reg­u­larly and even sub­mit­ting projects. What if some of us fail af­ter sec­ond se­mes­ter re­sults are out?” asked another stu­dent.

Ateacher from another col­lege said if the marks are al­most the same and CGPA has changed, the col­lege has prob­a­bly re­vised the grad­ing scale. AJBIMS of­fi­cial said no ma­jor changes have been in­tro­duced in the re­sults. “An MU cir­cu­lar er­ro­neously men­tioned that 40% would be the pass­ing cri­te­ria in the mas­ters’ pro­gramme. They later rec­ti­fied it and made it 50%, as it was be­fore. The num­ber of fail­ures has not gone up. Stu­dents are blow­ing this out of pro­por­tion,” said the of­fi­cial. He did not clar­ify how the grades dif­fered.

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