Mumbai University Asks Colleges to Consider Tech Solutions for October’s Final Year Exams

Mumbai University Asks Colleges to Consider Tech Solutions for October’s Final Year Exams

Following prolonged discussions and arguments with the Supreme Court for a period of two weeks, Mumbai University (MU) has now issued fresh guidelines to affiliated colleges for conducting final-year examinations in which over 20 lakh students are expected to participate. In a circular issued by Mumbai University, colleges were asked to prepare and consider technological solutions to ensure that the exams are conducted smoothly. 

Further, MU has said that the results will be out in two days with no option to consider a re-evaluation of papers. The new guidelines also recommend the passing out of sample question sets to help students get acquainted with multiple-choice questions (MCQ). 

One of the primary concerns for many is the lack of proctors monitoring the exams. Keeping this in mind, it is said that some of the colleges are currently in discussions with third-party companies that offer surveillance or proctoring facilities to make sure there’s no misconduct during the examinations. 

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“One of the platforms has offered software for less than Rs 2 lakh for an unlimited number of students and tests. If a lead college deploys such software, the cost will come to only Rs 20,000 for each in the cluster,” said a principal while adding that some of the software is even available for free though they do not offer security features.

With many of these aspects still unknown to the relevant colleges and principals, some believe that this could fuel further confusion among cluster colleges. The final-year Mumbai University examinations have been scheduled to begin on October 1 and will go on until October 17. 

Another area of concern stems from rural regions like Raigad and Sindhudurg where internet connectivity can be unreliable. The officials here are currently considering ways to make up for the students’ lost time due to unstable internet connectivity. 

Principals are also raising concerns about the responsibility of lead colleges to prepare the question papers. “Now that the lead college of every cluster is entrusted with the duty of preparing the question paper, who will decide the difficulty level? There will be no uniformity in scores,” another principal said.

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