Mumbai: After scrapping project work for internal assessment in all subjects for first year students in July this year, Mumbai University has re-introduced it for the foundation course at the fag end of the semester, inconveniencing students and teachers.
In July, the university had asked colleges to conduct a written test for 20 marks in all professional courses instead of a project for internal assessment. However, the university has, in a circular dated October 3, asked them to assess students on projects for foundation course. Most colleges held internal tests in September, which now stand nullified. Also, first year BA, BCom and BSc students who were not supposed to have internal assessment for foundation course now have to submit projects.
Till last year, the university followed the 75-25 marking pattern for all courses wherein semester-end test carried 75 marks and students were assessed internally for 25 marks. This year, the university scrapped internal assessment for BA, B Com and B Sc, but retained the pattern for self-financed courses like BMS, BAF, BBI, BFM. However, for self-financed courses, colleges were asked to conduct a 20-mark written test instead of projects and five marks for attendance.
A college principal said that with just a week left for Diwali vacation, it will be difficult to ask students to finish a project before term-end. “It will be the first project for first-year students who will need guidelines… Also, we wasted time and effort on a class test. The university rapidly changes policies, adding to confusion,” said the principal.
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Another college principal said that policymakers at the university are not applying logic while framing policies. “They introduce new rules, then withdraw them after realizing their folly. Students and colleges bear the brunt of it.”
In-charge dean of commerce, ST Gadade, said, that foundation course is part of skill-enhancement courses. “Not allowing students to gain practical exposure for a skill-enhancement course could be pointless. So we decided to modify the earlier rule to include projects,” said Gadade. “The decision was taken in August but there was a delay in issuing it.” said Gadade. He said colleges can give students more time. “As it is an internal assessment project, colleges can assign it even after the vacation.”
A principal said it will have to be done soon as results can’t be out without internal marks.