Student seeks ₹ 20L from MU for ‘spoiling career’
Mumbai: Days after the Mumbai University admitted to losing answersheets of around 2,300 students, an undergraduate student approached the Bombay high court on Friday seeking Rs 20 lakh as compensation for spoiling his career.
Vivekanand Panchal, a 23-year-old student of Nirmala college in Kandivli (W), claimed that the university had lost his TYBCOM answersheets, which resulted in him being declared as ‘failed’ as he was awarded average marks in one of the papers. Advoca- te Rajeshwar Panchal, counsel for the student, said they had approached university officials for redressal but to no avail. The petition is likely to be mentioned before a vacation bench next week. The student, who recently cleared his common entrance test for law admissions, said he would now have to repeat the academic year.
Earlier this week, MU admitted that it had lost over 3,700 answersheets in the newly introduced online assessment system. The lost answersheets belonged to around 2300 students. University officials said students whose answersheets were untraceab- le would be given average marks based on their performance in the remaining subjects. If all papers of a student were lost then the varsity said it will consider the previous academic record of the affected student.
Panchal had appeared for his semester five and six examinations. According to him, while he cleared his semester six with less than expected marks, he found out that in one of the semester five subjects he had been given 11 marks and failed. In his petition he has urged the court to set aside his semester five results and direct MU to trace his answersheets.