Mumbai University: Glitches in on-screen assessment, holds final year results

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Under the blanket of disarray, the University of Mumbai is struggling with the onscreen assessment process that has led to delay in result declaration. To cope up with glitches in the system, a government-appointed assessing officer has now issued a notice to the technical service provider. On July 22, Vinayak Dalvi, officer on special duty to the examination section of the varsity had provided a notice to the agency handling the onscreen assessment process.

Dalvi ensured, “We have issued a strongly-worded notice citing all the problems encountered by teachers so far. We have asked the service provider to ensure that no glitch is encountered Monday onwards.” The move was implemented to fast-track the assessment process early-on but technical glitches set them behind their targets.

Provided that even the governor and MU chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao have showed much discontentment towards the university for delaying the results of final-year students, the varsity is compelled to take steps to power-up the process. Currently, of the total 22 lakh answer sheets, more than 6.4 lakh are yet to be evaluated.

Teachers claim that chances of meeting the chancellor’s deadline of July 31 is are not very reassuring. Dalvi said, “It is a very difficult target, but not impossible if teachers cooperate and there are no technical glitches.”

To curb with the situation, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are declared as non-teaching or non-instructional days by the university on Friday in order to let teachers concentrate on assessment and moderation of marks. Adding to the challenges, the examiners said that they encountered several glitches such as incorrect answer sheets and slow downloading. One examiner claimed that logging in and downloading answer sheets consumed most of her time. She complained, “Once the paper is downloaded, taking a long time, you realise it is the wrong paper and hence have to reject it.”

Given the tough situation, to speed up the process, MU has outsourced a part of assessment job to the Nagpur University. NU will be expected to begin the correction process from Monday. Dalvi ensured, “A team of eligible teachers have been selected for the assessment process. They have been trained. The service providers have enabled the computers at Nagpur University for onscreen assessment. We hope to start assessment there from Monday.”

The checking of the copies will be carried out in Nagpur and simultaneously, senior faculty at MU will take care of the marks modulation.

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