At least 3,500 students of the University of Mumbai are awaiting their results five months after they appeared for the exams. The delay, coupled with the uncertainty over their future, has left the students in anxiety. The University had earlier declared that at least 1,600 students would be assigned average marks as their answersheets were untraceable, physically as well as in the software. However, it is yet to declare a list of such students. A media student, on the condition of anonymity, said, “I have been running from pillar to post to find out whether my paper is still missing. I am unsure if I will pass in the subject in which my results are on hold.”
A law student, Ameya Malshe, awaiting his second semester LLB results, facing a similar plight has written to Vice Chancellor Devanand Shinde demanding that the results be declared within two days. “Five months after my exams, I am yet to get my result. Even as the university said that some papers have been misplaced, there is no clarity on whether our names are on it,” said Malshe, on behalf of several students. “Many of us are losing a year as we cannot apply for higher studies and jobs. Some of us are becoming suicidal,” wrote Malshe to the V-C, adding that he will go on an indefinite hunger strike at Kalina campus if results are not declared by Wednesday.
Arjun Ghatule, director, Board of Examination and Evaluation, said that the results of around 3,500 students were still pending. “The work to declare the results at the earliest is going on. We are currently checking the attendance records of these students to ensure they appeared for the exam before starting the process of assigning average marks. This is taking time,” said Ghatule, adding that the process could take a week.