For IDOL assessment,varsity to take help of retired hands

In order to ensure that results of students of Institute of Distance and Open Learning are declared on the stipulated time,the Mumbai University would be taking the help of retired teachers for assessing the papers.

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Published: April 2, 2012 3:55 am

In order to ensure that results of students of Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) are declared on the stipulated time,the Mumbai University (MU) would be taking the help of retired teachers for assessing the papers.

IDOL has over 30,000 students appearing for exams with various degree courses,but has no regular faculty. In all there are more than two lakh answer papers that have to be assessed of IDOL students.

These answer papers of IDOL students have to be assessed by colleges teachers,who already have a load of correcting answer papers of regular students as well as conduct internal exams of their colleges. This leads to a delay in the assessment work and the institute is unable to declare the results on time.

Dr D Harichandan,the director of IDOL said the university has agreed to address this issue for which retired teachers from any recognized university in the state would be called to do assessment work of IDOL. “These retired teachers would be remunerated at par with that of the regular teachers for assessment duty,they would also be paid a dearness allowance. MU will also make arrangements of accommodating the teachers coming from outside Mumbai at the university guest house,” Harichandan said. According to the Maharashtra Universities Act,1994,results should be declared within 45 days from the last day of examinations.

However,despite introducing measures to expedite evaluation,MU has been grappling with the issue of severe shortage of teachers for evaluating papers. Due to this declaration of results are delayed almost every year. The MU’s decision to call retired teachers for assessment has reportedly been taken in light of the precedence of this delay,that has been causing issues to students each year.

“MU would be announcing the same through advertisements in news papers. Interested teachers would have to send in their resumes to the university. Following verification,these retired teachers would be called in for assessment duty,” he added.

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