MU to hold each exam twice for SYBMS
Mumbai: Mumbai University’s board of examinations has decided to conduct exams of each elective in second year Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) twice, by retaining the degree of difficulty. Students are expected to appear for their chosen subjects in their alphabetical order.
For example, BMS students have 12 electives in their second year, which they picked at the beginning of the academic session. The university will conduct the exams of the 12 subjects twice, on November 16 and 17. If astudent has opted for Corporate Finance and Advertising as electives, he will appear for the Advertising paper on November 16 and Corporate Finance on November 17. Similarly, a student choosing Corporate Finance and Organisation Behaviour will appear for the first paper on November 16 and the latter on November 17.
The university had adopted the same solution to make the TYBA time-table compact last year. But teachers said commerce exams do not run into two months and it will only confuse students. “Asking the same batch of students to attempt different sets of question papers is unfair. The university does not conduct exams scientifically to normalise scores. Students can always doubt the difficulty level of two sets of question papers,” said a teacher. Another teacher said the new arrangement could lead to confusion in the first year of inception.
The university adopted a choice-based credit system last year for all courses. The choices have to be picked in the second year of the three-year course.
Parag Ajgaonkar, board of studies chairman for business management, said the method was successful in TYBA and was only replicated for commerce. “Since it’s the first year, students may be confused with the time-table. But colleges must explain the process and they have to rely on hall tickets. We will ensure the difficulty is the same for both question papers,” said Ajgaonkar.