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Varsity's new directive creates confusion among students

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Engineering students enrolled to Mumbai University, were on the edge of their confusion because of the varsity's new directive, to use black ballpoint pen in their answer books. The students got confused on the issue whether to use black even from graphs or not.

The clueless colleges, played it real safe asking the students to pens even for diagrams. Students on the other hand, were not happy with this new change as drawing diagram with pen is very time consuming. "We had to first draw diagram with pencil and then again re-draw it with pen as we don't have the option of erasing a mistake. Especially for curve diagram, we have to be very cautious as a slightest slip, will call for a re-do."

Black pen or a blackout

This new directive is a part of the pilot project for online assessments of Mumbai university, which began with the engineering faculty this year. According to the new system, the answer sheets will be scanned by the university and uploaded on the website, from where examiners will access them for evaluation.

"I was practicing diagrams and graphs using a pen everyday," says a final year chemical engineering students. Another student says "a few linear diagrams were manageable, but graphs using a pen, is a tough nut to crack."

Most of the students stated "their colleges have asked them to use black ballpoint pens even for the diagrams and graphs to avoid losing marks."

"We are not ready to take chances as students might end up loosing marks," says a principal of engineering college.

Padma Deshmukh, examination controller, says "students will not face any problem. Marks will be given to all students who attempted diagrams. The dean of engineering will give instructions to examiners to consider both while evaluating answer books and teachers will be informed."

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