Even students with zero marks can apply for revaluation at Mumbai university!

Mumbai: Students scoring zero marks in their university-level exam can now apply for re-evaluation. Students with 40% of the passing marks and above were only eligible earlier. The new directives on re-evaluation, released recently by Mumbai university, will allow students to apply without documents, thus expediting the process. The rules enable students to seek re-evaluation of internal assessment marks, a decision taken at a recent academic council meeting. Though professors welcome the move, they are cautious about its implementation.To ensure that current students also benefit, the vice-chancellor’s directives will be applicable for all who took the exam in the first half of 2016, the March-April exam. This year, the university received around 1.2 lakh applications for re-evaluation. “It will provide equal opportunities to all students who propose to assess the university’s evaluation process. A fast-track arrangement has been made available for reassessment even before the marksheets reach colleges. The directives fulfil students’ long-awaited concern,” said vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh.

Earlier, students scoring below 16 in a 100-mark paper, below 14 in a 75-mark paper and less than 12 in a 60-mark paper were not eligible. “There have been genuine cases of students complaining of discrepancies in assessment,” said a professor, adding that the BMS semester-V exam in November 2015 was a case in point, where many top-scorers failed in the financial management paper and could not even apply for re-evaluation as they scored less than 12 marks.

“If the university is unable to handle the current burden of re-evaluation and results are indefinitely delayed, relaxing the eligibility criteria will only add to the applications. Chances of corruption will increase too. Though it is a good move, the university will need to have a foolproof system in place,” said a professor. Though the VC claimed that it was a first-of-its kind initiative, professors claimed that the system was in practice a decade ago.

The university will accept re-evaluation applications from the March exam without documents; they may review the policy later, as it was opposed by some university officials. Many students are bound to benefit from the re-evaluation of internal assessment papers. “We will have to wait and see how this will work as no applications for re-evaluation have been received till now, and we are awaiting guidelines,” said a principal.

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