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Mumbai University asks students to physically hand over documents; students criticize MU in response

Mumbai University has been asking physical submission of examination forms and fee receipts from students which has stressed the students who are back in their hometowns due to the coronavirus induced lockdown.

Mumbai University asks students to physically hand over documents; students criticize MU in response
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While the Maharashtra government has been asking for the cancellations of examinations due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Mumbai University, on the other hand, has been asking physical submission of examination forms and fee receipts from students.

This has led to a major contention of stress amongst the students, many of whom are back in their hometowns as a consequence of the coronavirus induced lockdown. A circular issued by the Mumbai University dated July 2, extended the deadline for the registration of examinations and explained its format, however, it also read that once the process of submitting the online form is completed, its physical copy and fee receipts should be submitted to the respective departments. Hence, several students have come forward openly criticizing the decision stating that the decision by the Mumbai University happens to be irrational, especially during the time of COVID-19.

According to a report by Mid-day, Siddharth Ingle of the Maharashtra Students Union, said, "This is really ironic that we are all talking about online learning and examinations but the varsity does not have an online payment gateway. I have demanded an online payment mode even in the past. In the digital age, Mumbai University is still depending on old practices of DD."

However, Vinod Patil, the Director of Board of Examinations and Evaluation at Mumbai University, responding to the situation stated, "This is for post-graduate courses and we have been extending the deadline. We will extend it further if required. But the process cannot be shifted online immediately. We are telling such students to share their confirmation through email and they may complete the submission when they get to come to the university."

Meanwhile, On Monday, July 20, Maharashtra recorded 8,240 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus, propelling the state's COVID-19 tally to 3,18,695. Currently, there are 1,31,334 active cases in the state.

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