The Mumbai University is yet to issue the marksheets of nearly 25,000 Bachelor of Science students,whose results were declared over a month ago. Some examination department officials attributed the delay to shortage of stationery while authorities blamed the hightened security measures.
The students,meanwhile,are caught in a bind as they cannot apply for jobs,further studies abroad or even courses in other universities without their original marksheets. The results of geology,physics,mathematics and statistics streams were declared on May 20 while life sciences,biotechnology,and microbiology results were announced on May 24.
Both these sets of students are worried about the delay in MSc admissions despite the on-time announcement of results this year. I am supposed to get an internship with a biotech company,which has been delayed due to my original marksheet. I am worried that I could lose the opportunity, said a biotechnology student of Mithibai College.
The university conducts centralised admission process to aided post-graduate institutions but admissions to self-financed institutions are done at the college-level. The delay in marksheets,a must for admission,has forced many colleges to defer declaring their merit list.
Actually,the evaluation of all these subjects were completed,following which the results were declared. Technically,marksheets should be issued to students within a week of results. The delay is owing to shortage of paper and other stationary needed to print marksheets, an official from the examination department said.
Director of examination Subhash Deo said the delay would not affect the MSc admission schedule. There is a delay in issuing marksheets this year,that is because we have raised the security level so that no one can copy or forge the document. Not only this,the marksheets of TYBSc,TYBCom and TYBA will have photographs of students on them; this takes time. Initially people complained that we declare results late,now that we have declared the results on time,they have come up with a new complaint.
A senior member of the management council and senate,meanwhile,blamed the authorities. The varsity should make provisions to issue marksheets on the day the results are declared. We have discussed this issue several times in the senate. Were the authorities unaware that photographs needed to be printed on the marksheet or were they sleeping all this while? They cannot attribute the delay to the new system.
However,Deo said,Students will get their marksheets in two days from their respective colleges. Last year,the MSc admissions concluded by July 25. This year,the admissions will commence early and classes will start by July 10.