The Mumbai Universitys senate meeting began on a stormy note on Wednesday with members slamming the university administration for a spate of goof-ups in conducting examinations. The senators have demanded the university to cancel its contract with state-owned Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation (MKCL).
Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajan Welukar told the senators that the controller of examination had already been asked to investigate the gaffes and submit a report. It wont be right on our part to take a hasty decision. Action will be taken against those,whose negligence has resulted in the goof ups, Welukar said.
The university administration is in a shambles and blunders are committed in every exam season inconveniencing students. The V-C should take responsibility of it, said Dilip Karande,senior senator from Yuva Sena. He alleged that the V-C had lost his hold over his administrative staff. Results are not declared even after 90 days of the examinations,leaving students in the lurch. The university is jeopardising the careers of the students, he added.
Scaling down of internal marks policy
The universitys scaling down of internal marks policy to curb malpractices in internal assessment too was slammed by student representatives and senate members. Terming it unfair,members,including principals,teachers and students,have now demanded a change in the policy.
The scaling-down policy was introduced by the university in September by amending the ordinances and regulations related to under graduate (UG) and post graduate (PG) studies. The move was taken after academicians and teachers alleged that most colleges were misusing the 60:40 marking system,due to which the TYBCom 2012 exams pass percentage had jumped to 81.5 per cent. Academicians had demanded a review of the internal assessment carried out by colleges.
According to the new policy,if the marks in the internal assessment and the semester-end examination differ by more than 20 percent,the marks in internal assessment will be scaled down by the university. Maharashtra Navniman Vidyarthi Sena senate member Sudhakar Tamboli said,A students performance should be judged on the aggregate,and not on theory and internal exam marks separately. Students tend to get more marks in internal examinations as they are awarded marks on the basis of their class performance and attendance.
However,Dr T P Madhu Nair,MUs Dean,faculty of commerce,said even the V-C could not change the rule now as it was passed unanimously in the academic council meeting. The policy was passed by the council and changes could only be made after discussing it with the academic council members. Many well-known universities,which follow the internal assessment pattern,have this rule to prevent malpractices. Till any changes are made by the academic council,the policy will be implemented, said Nair.
Credit-Based Semester System
The senators criticised the credit-based semester system,citing that it was coming in the way of teachers growth. We have to teach and conduct exams,apart from chasing students to get their projects and assignments done,and conduct class tests. Teachers hardly get time to study new topics or conduct research, said another senior senate member Madhu Paranjape.