The University of Mumbai (MU) is yet to announce the results for the exams held between mid-March and the first week of April because it has started assessing answer scripts digitally now. In doing so, it has crossed the 45-day deadline, by which it is supposed to declare results, according to The Hindustan Times.
Under the new system, the university will use 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. “The assessments were delayed because we did not finalise the agency, which would set up the system. Now that work has finally begun, we hope to finish quickly in the next few weeks,” said an official from the university’s examination department. He added that over a lakh answer booklets from the BCom faculty have already been scanned and assessment had started.
However, colleges complained that there was still no clarity on the procedure and they had not received any instructions. “We have been waiting to hear from the university but there’s no official word on it yet. Our 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.
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.
“Setting up of scanning machines took sometime so we could not start assessments on May 4,” said Deepak Wasave, (in-charge) controller of examinations, MU. While officials had first claimed to finish scanning more than 1.5 lakh answer booklets in one day, the same number was scanned over a week.
While MU officials are still confident of completing assessments before the start of the next academic year, teachers and principals are doubtful. “Papers will have to be moderated, which takes time. Assuming that teachers who have not been trained will finish the work within the next month is unfair,” said the principal of a south Mumbai college. “MU needs to work instead of making tall claims.”