MU to hold each exam twice for SYBMS

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

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