MU panel to probe internal marks system

The Mumbai University (MU) has appointed a committee to visit colleges and study their internal evaluation process.

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Published: July 24, 2012 3:17:06 am

The Mumbai University (MU) has appointed a committee to visit colleges and study their internal evaluation process. This follows complaints by some academicians against the 60:40 marking system introduced by the varsity last year,wherein they alleged that the 40 per cent marks meant for internal assessment are virtually on sale.

This,claimed academicians and teachers,reflected in the dramatic rise in pass percentage in Third Year Bachelor of Commerce (TYBCom) results this year to 81.5 per cent compared with 62.9 per cent in 2011 and 63.7 per cent in 2010.

According to MU sources,the issue will also be discussed at the varsity’s academic council meeting on Wednesday.

The Indian Express had reported on Monday (see above) that a small change in the marking system last year had resulted in an extraordinary outcome. Two of every three students or 64 per cent of those who appeared for the exam had scored first class or above. In 2011 and 2010,only 22 per cent and 28 per cent of the total students managed first class.

The sources said a review panel was set up in April after MU got a negative feedback in the very first year of implementation of the 60:40 marking system or the credit-based semester system. However,complaints about “excessively liberal evaluation” of internal exams prompted the varsity to form another three-member committee now to probe the process and come up with suggestions to curb such practices.

“We are scheduled to visit colleges for supervision this week. We will be visiting only those colleges against which we have received complaints. However,we will also supervise a few colleges randomly,” said senior senate member Dilip Karande,who is one of the members of the probe committee.

“It is a practical reality that wherever there is an option of internal examination,the evaluation process is lenient and marks are awarded generously. We are now looking at how we can get rid of this problem and introduce a fair process. There used to be a system in some of the universities wherein if a student scores exceptionally high marks in internal exams and the marks obtained by the same student in the external/theory is low,the internal marks are verified and scaled down if any discrepancy is found. However,we have to find out whether this is allowed by the UGC,” said Madhu Nair,MU dean of commerce faculty and member of the review committee.

“I don’t remember if we have received any representation complaining about the issue,but we have already appointed a review committee. We have also invited feedback and suggestions from all stakeholders,” said Dr Naresh Chandra,pro-vice chancellor of MU.

“We are looking at all suggestions,which would be discussed at the academic council meeting. Whatever decision is taken,we will ensure that no inter-college discrimination or any other malpractice is allowed,” said Nair.

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