As per the RTI query into the Mumbai University 2017 results, nearly 35,000 students of over 97,000 who applied for revaluation of over 1.81 lakh answersheets, were wrongly marked as ‘fail’. These students were later graded as passed after they applied for revaluation of their results.
Mumbai University came under fire last year when the results were delayed by more than 2 months. The varsity had last year decided to upload the answer sheets and get them digitally marked. However, the technical problems coupled with shortage of faculty lead to massive delays in the declaration of the results. And when the results did release, there were discrepancies and concerns that puzzled the students.
According to a report published by national tabloid Times of India, a total of 97,313 applicants filed for revaluation, perhaps the largest student cohort in recent history, reflecting the fact that large number of candidates have begun to lose trust in the university’s assessment process.
“Students taking MU exams are losing faith in its assessment,” said RTI activist Vihar Durve, adding that “The university should publish a model standard answer paper set and give it to paper-checkers and also publish the same on its website.”
“The university should appoint sufficient paper-checkers so there is no pressure on them in terms of time. Payment to paper-checkers must be in line with the work. Strict action must be taken against those who err.”
In an earlier RTI query, Durve had found that in 2012, 14,586 of the 68,653 students who applied for revaluation passed. In the first half of 2013, of 43,256 who applied, 10,509 cleared the exam.