30 minutes were taken away during October-December exam for more than 800 students. This was due to the abandonment of Mumbai University and 6 colleges. However, these students can now breath free, as varsity's Board of Examinations (BoE) has decided to provide them a benefit of doubt. These students will be provided additional marks to make it up for the loss of the essential time during the exam.
An explanation from the 6 colleges for this mess has also been sought from the varsity. Dr Padma Deshmukh, Controller of Examination of MU said, "We will devise a mechanism to increase the marks obtained by the affected students."
Only 2 hours was given to complete the exam at the 6 centers for the BSc-IT students on October 28. This had occurred despite the fact that the university had extended the duration by 30 minutes recently for all science papers. Yet, the hall tickets that were printed did not show the modified time. Until last year, BSc-IT students were given 2 hours for their papers of 60 marks.
D G Ruparel College in Mahim, Patkar College in Goregaon, M L Dahanukar College in Vile Parle, Nagindas Khandwala College in Malad and Oriental College in Sanpada were the centers for exam. The colleges claim that the officials of MU failed to convey the decision and hence the confusion arose.
Principal of Patkar College, M B Kekare said that they followed the schedule as per the data printed on the hall tickets as there was no official notification given to them.
"Ours is a commerce college. It was up to the university to send a notification to us in advance," said Madhavi Pethe, Principal of M L Dahanukar College.
Deshmukh, however claims that the colleges were notified in advance. Besides, the question papers had the timings mentioned in them as well. "Several colleges called us to clarify when they saw the question paper mentioning two-and-a-half hours. We have asked for a written explanation from the six colleges. After we receive their response, we will decide what action to be taken against them," Deshmukh said.