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MU takes student-friendly measures

In a bid to bring in student-friendly measures and at the same time,increase efficiency of the administration,Mumbai University on Tuesday took a slew of decisions.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 16, 2012 1:26:30 am

In a bid to bring in student-friendly measures and at the same time,increase efficiency of the administration,Mumbai University on Tuesday took a slew of decisions.

Accordingly,from the 2012-13 academic year,it will extend the initiative of issuing of provisional marksheets online for all courses,and send question papers through email to exam centres an hour before the exam starts.

Other important decisions include setting up of a committee to look at the fee structure and plans to prepare a question bank of all subjects.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of university authorities and principals of affiliated colleges on Tuesday.

“Besides increasing the number of centralised assessment centres to ensure speedy paper correction,it has also been decided to raise the monetary compensation given to teachers for evaluation duty. We reminded teachers that a standard procedure that must be followed on exam day is that before the question paper is opened,along with the chief conductor and joint conductor,signatures of two students must be taken to verify that the seal was intact and not tampered with. Such steps increase transparency and help curb incidents of paper leak,” said a university official.

While the university will soon initiate a review of the credit and grading system which it has implemented,it also plans to reschedule exam timetables for the next academic year to suit the new system.

Even as the university issued provisional online marksheets for BSC (IT) on Tuesday,it has decided to extend this provision to all other programmes.

The university,for the first time,has decided to appoint a committee to fix fees for undergraduate courses.

“It will review the fee structure of aided and unaided programmes and submit a report to the university,” said university pro vice-chancellor Naresh Chandra.

There will be several sub-committees under each faculty/subject and each will submit a report to an overall panel.

“On the basis of recommendations of each sub-committee,the overall committee will take the final decision on fee structure and submit its report for consideration. We can then decide whether or not to increase fees and for which courses,” said an official.

The university also passed instructions for appointment of full-time principals and teachers,failing which action will be initiated against erring colleges.

The university will soon convene a meeting with colleges awarded with grade A by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and encourage them to go for autonomy.

Classes of all undergraduate courses will resume from June 11 this year. Admission schedule will be sent in advance to affiliated colleges.

The university has decided to allot Rs 90 lakh for minor research activities,up from Rs 45 lakh last academic year. The university is also mulling use of “aadhar” for student enrollment and other activities.

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