Again, this year the University of Mumbai (MU) is yet to announce the results for the exams held between mid-March and the first week of April. Some results have been declared recently but many remain. The main reason behind this is that the university has started assessing the answer scripts digitally now. In doing so, it has crossed the 45-day deadline, by which it is supposed to declare results.
Under this process, the university uses On-Screen Marking (OSM), where the papers will be scanned and displayed on the computer screen. Examiners will mark the papers on the computer and upload the results on a common digital platform. The university also said that this was the last such delay as assessments began on May 12. Now that work has finally begun, the results are expected to be out in few weeks. Further it was told that over a lakh answer booklets from the B.Com faculty have already been scanned and assessment had started.
The assessments on the part of the university got this much delayed for the agency that would do the set up was not finalised. The first of the tenders to find bidders to select an online agency to conduct digital assessments were floated in the last week of February, followed by a second in mid-March. Bidders were invited for the third time in the first week of April. MU released the name of their online agency in the last week of April with the promise that digital assessments will begin on May 4.
While MU officials are still confident of completing assessments before the start of the next academic year, teachers and principals are doubtful. Assuming that teachers who have not been trained will finish the work within the next month is unfair. Principals and the teachers are of the view that MU needs to work instead of making false claims.
The colleges are also complaining colleges that there is still no clarity on the procedure and they had not received any instructions. The colleges are waiting to hear from the university but there’s no official word on it yet. The teachers have assessed first-year papers and we hope we can bring out the results as soon as we can,” said Rajpal Hande, principal of Mithibai College, Vile Parle.