More than 800 students,who were given 30 minutes less during the October-December exam due to the dereliction of six colleges and the Mumbai University,can now heave a sigh of relief with the the varsitys Board of Examinations (BoE) Monday deciding to give them benefit of doubt. These students will be given additional marks to compensate for the crucial time lost during the exam.
The varsity has also sought an explanation from the six colleges for the goof-up. We will devise a mechanism to increase the marks obtained by the affected students, said Dr Padma Deshmukh,Controller of Examination of MU.
On October 28,BSc-IT students appearing for their exams at six centres were given only two hours to complete the paper though the university had recently extended the duration for all science papers by 30 minutes. However,the hall tickets printed for the exam did not show the changed timing. Till last year,BSc-IT students used to get two hours for their 60-mark papers.
The exam centres were D G Ruparel College in Mahim,M L Dahanukar College in Vile Parle,Patkar College in Goregaon,Nagindas Khandwala College in Malad and Oriental College in Sanpada. The colleges claimed that the confusion arose because MU officials failed to convey this decision to them.
M B Kekare,Principal of Patkar College,said they went by the schedule printed on hall tickets as no official notification was given to them.
Principal Madhavi Pethe of M L Dahanukar College said,Ours is a commerce college. It was up to the university to send a notification to us in advance.
However,Deshmukh,claimed colleges had been notified in advance. Moreover,the timing was mentioned in the question paper as well. Several colleges called us to clarify when they saw the question paper mentioning two-and-a-half hours. We have asked for a written explanation from the six colleges. After we receive their response,we will decide what action to be taken against them, Deshmukh said.
Dr Naresh Chandra,pro-vice-chancellor of MU,said,Our major concern right now to ensure that the students who appeared for the exams in these six centres do not suffer due to this goof-up.