Mumbai University final-year exam guidelines released, exam to be held in MCQ format between October 1-17 – Times of India

MUMBAI: Two weeks after deliberating over the Supreme Court order, the Mumbai University finally issued broad guidelines to conduct final-year exams in over 750 affiliated colleges, on Wednesday. Since the exams are decentralised, most of the responsibilities lie on individual colleges and the lead colleges among clusters.

While exams will be conducted online in an MCQ format, colleges have been asked to collect data from students on the availability of smart devices and internet connectivity and also their present locations. In the form, students also have to declare if they have any backlogs. The examination schedule will be released by lead colleges for their respective clusters, but the exams have be conducted between October 1 and 17. Colleges will have to declare results in two days.

If students do not have the facility to appear for online exams from their homes, the university has asked colleges to seek help from local government administration officials. In cases, where online exams are not possible at all, colleges can conduct offline exams for such students.

Lead colleges have been asked to co-ordinate with others in the cluster. The university has also clarified that students will not get an option of seeking revaluation in the exam, as the questions will be in MCQ (multiple choice question) format, a move that has been opposed by the students community.

Colleges have been asked to conduct mock exams for students with sample MCQ questions to familiarise them with the new format. Each college will have to frame a question bank with several MCQ sets for different subjects under the guidance of lead colleges and share it with students. Only syllabus covered till March 13 should be included in the question papers for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The question paper will carry 50 marks and the duration of the paper will be an hour, but students’ scores have to be converted into percentages out of the regular weightage of the question paper (for a 60, 75, 80 or 100-mark paper).

As reported earlier, practical, project of viva-voce exams for students from science and technology faculty can be conducted using online platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, Skype or even a phone call. Colleges have been asked to arrange for the technology to conduct exams at their level. The university will not provide for any centralised system.

Siddharth Ingle, from the Maharashtra Association of Students, said that all the responsibility now lies with the colleges. “There is absolutely no clarity on how exams will be conducted, using eMail, Whatsapp, or any other software. What was the point of delaying these guidelines, when it has not simplified the process? Also why are they insisting on MCQs? The UGC has offered other options like home based assignments. Why has the university not given multiple options?” he asked. The association had petitioned against holding final-year exams in the Supreme Court.

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