Stu­dent seeks ₹ 20L from MU for ‘spoil­ing ca­reer’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Shibu.Thomas@ times­

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.

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