Confusion prevailed among students on Day One of the final year commerce exam. The reason many of them had not received their hall tickets till Tuesday night,and on Wednesday,there was a last-minute change in the exam centres.
On Wednesday,when students reached the exam centres allotted to them in their hall tickets,they were informed that the centres have been changed. Students who were earlier assigned exam centres at Vile Parle and Juhu were asked to go to exam centres at Malad,Kandivali,Borivali and Dahisar.
While varsity authorities claim that they had uploaded a circular about the change in exam centre,students say they should have been informed individually about the change.
Some students had a hard time travelling to the changed exam centres.
I had reached M K Sanghvi college at Vile Parle at 10.35 am. They informed me that I have been allotted a new centre DTSS College in Kurar village,Malad. I was lucky as my father drove me till my exam centre. I managed to reach the centre at 11.15 am, said Karthik Iyer,a student of MUs Institute of Distant and Open Learning (IDOL).
Almost all of the students were unaware of this change. They make changes in exam centre at the last minute and then expect us to check their website a day before the exam. I travelled all the way from Vile Parle to Dahisar and reached the exam centre 45 minutes late. However,I was given only 15 minutes extra, said a student.
This year,85,450 students are taking the TYBCom exam. Of these,11,500 are from IDOL.
On Tuesday,the varsity officials realised that the number of students assigned to certain colleges was more than their seating capacity. The varsity then decided to allot other colleges to 2,051 students.
Till Tuesday night,many students were even grappling with a delay in getting their hall tickets. The MU had,for the first time,made hall tickets available online this year,but many students could not access the site on Sunday and were forced to get hard copies. These reached colleges on Monday,and were being distributed to students till Tuesday late evening.
An official at the examination centre attributed the delay to the visit of the review committee of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC).
MU officials claim that despite the last minute change,they ensured that none of the students was inconvenienced. We had informed the college principals to assist students and ensure they reach their exam centres. Students who reached their changed exam centres late were given extra time. We had even asked colleges to accommodate those students who reached there by mistake, said S M Suryavanshi,in-charge controller of examination.