Mumbai colleges to bring changes to online examination process

After allegations of proctors harassing female students surfaced, Mumbai colleges have reportedly taken a decision to bring changes to the online examination process.

Mumbai colleges to bring changes to online examination process
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In recent developments, several colleges have decided to include in-house teachers for online examinations and proctoring. Moreover, proctoring might be done by teachers along with software proctoring in some cases.

This comes after news of four proctors allegedly harassing female students surfaced. However, they were fired immediately by the online exam-conducting firm after the charges surfaced.

Earlier, several students from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) took to Twitter to share screenshots of messages sent by four proctors to some female students. According to reports, the proctors were working with Mercer Mettl, a company that conducts online examinations, which had been hired by NMIMS to conduct the examinations.

On the other hand, while most institutions await the SOPs, some colleges are trying to embrace the new way forward, resuming classes for some students. Madhu Nair, former dean of commerce, Mumbai University, said “Even when institutes re-open, only 50 per cent of students may be willing to travel to colleges. This group can be split into two and called on alternate dates.”

On the other hand, the degree college teachers have suggested that the first-year examinations be postponed to end of January 2021, adding that that the university release an official circular as soon as possible. This comes in less than two weeks after the organisation, in their previous letter, claimed that several colleges have not managed to teach the mandatory 90 days before the examinations a result of the delay in admissions to first-year courses which earlier made it impossible to hold the examinations in the month of December.

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