Mumbai University is planning to DO AWAY WITH the four years old idea of giving weightage to the scores of internal assessment. It will get back to term end examination which is of 100 marks in each of the two semester exam that are conducted in an year. When in the year 2011 credit-based grading system was launched, a weightage of 40 marks was given to internal assessment out of 100. But later on in the year 2014 it was reduced to 25.
During the last meeting of the academic council which was conducted on Monday for the present academic session the issue was raised but no official decision was taken. If the proposal gets the green signal then the students studying in the affiliated colleges of Mumbai University will don’t have to take internal exams any more from the next year onwards but the same will only be followed for traditional courses.
There were few others who were of the view that University should follow and adopt the best international practices to continue with the credit-based grading system. One of the members pointed out very correctly, “It will be unfair to evaluate students from self-financed courses only on the basis of a written test and no project work.”
As per the views of the Principal, “The results are declared late as many colleges do not send their scores in time, and when they do, there are glitches.” Further the members were of the view point that if really University wants to make these changes then the students should be informed well in advance.
For time being the council has passed the decision that prescribed guidelines should be adopted by the Institutions for Internal assessment and the grading scale for the current year should be changed to 10 from 7. As per one of the academic council member, “Earlier PET scores were valid only for three years. Now students can register for Ph D any time with their scores.” The proposal was passed by the dean of commerce, Madhu Nair during the council meeting.
Further proposals which were accepted in the meeting includes:
- The infrastructure of the University should be disabled-friendly and course in disability studies should also be introduced. The same was forwarded by Gautam Gawli- member of the council.
- Both academic and management council have sanctioned to extend the autonomy of Sardar Patel College of Engineering for the next five years.
- Skill development activities should also form part of the activities conducted by NSS.
- Mumbai University has also given nod to the single-window redressal mechanism in which all the problems regarding exams, re-evaluation and results will be solved.
The term of all academic bodies came to an end on August 31, 2015 but there neither there is any sign of next senate elections nor any announcement has been made. Those already elected in the last year elections are working on various bodies, including the academic and management councils. On Friday, education minister Vinod Tawde had said, “We will try to pass the Maharashtra Universities Act in December and varsities can hold their senate elections in January till then academic bodies will run only with existing nominated members.”