Elections and the incident of paper leak on April 4 has prompted the Mumbai University to take precautionary measures in every exam related work, so much so that it has not sent answer sheets to colleges for the Central Assessment Program (CAP). Teachers say it would result in delaying their holidays but it will also lead to delay in declaration of results.
The outgoing Controller of Examination Dr Padma Deshmukh confirmed that the answer sheets were not sent to CAP centers for various reasons. “After the April 4 incident of paper leak the university had intended to hold a meeting of moderators and instruct them on how the assessment has to be done. Hence, assessment has not started yet,” said Deshmukh.
“The varsity usually sends answer-sheets for assessment to various CAP centers three days after the exam of a particular subject is conducted. However this time, with the exception of the economics paper of the Commerce faculty, colleges are yet to receive other papers for assessment. It is now almost more than a week since some of the exams were completed,” said a principal of college in western suburb.
However a senior official from the university added that as many teachers at the CAP centers had been requisitioned for election duty there was no point in sending answer sheets to them as there would be very few teachers reporting to the assessment duty. “The security of the answer papers is the responsibility of the respective colleges till the papers are assessed and returned to the university. However as some colleges have shown that they cannot be trusted due to the paper leak, it was deemed better to delay sending the papers till after the elections,” the official added.
This has however irked the teachers who are very unhappy with this delay by the the university said, “The deferred assessment will lead to result declaration getting delayed. We may also have to give up our vacations in May if paper assessment has to be done after elections. ,” said another teacher.
The university has taken cognizance of the teachers’ grouse and held a meeting last week. “A decision on the assessment of the MHRM is yet not finalised but other papers will be sent to the CAP centers by tomorrow,” said Dr Madhu Nair, dean faculty of commerce. He also assured that results would be declared in time.
Vaisity appoints committee to probe question paper leak
The Mumbai University on Wednesday appointed a high-powered committee comprising three senior management council members to look into the lapses at Indira Gandhi College, Vikhroli after the college failed to abide by university instructions regarding distributing a second set of question papers as the first question paper had been leaked on April 4.
According to a university official, the two member Board of Examination (BoE) committee that had visited both Indira Gandhi College and P D Tibrewala College to probe found that the problem had happened due to various reasons. “At both the colleges it was found that the lapse was on the part of the chief examination conductors who had not been alerted enough to respond to the university message about the change in question paper,” said a member of the BoE.
The three member committee comprises of Dr Madhu Nair, dean of Commerce, Dr S T Gadade and Dr G V Pargaonkar who will visit the college and take stock of the various norms and facilities available in the college and submit its report in a week. —dipti singh