The credit-based system, for the second year in a row, is turning out to be more of a bane than a boon, with around 70% undergraduate students of the University of Mumbai failing their Semester 1 examination.
Most colleges declared the results of the first year BA, BCom and BSc exams this week. The exams were held in October.
According to information gathered by DNA, 40-70% of students from all the three streams failed in one or more subjects.
The credit-based system, which was implemented in 2011 for all undergraduate courses by the University of Mumbai, gives 60% weightage to theory papers and 40% to projects. It was found that although students managed to get marks for projects, cracking the theory papers was not so easy.
The percentage of failure is high even in the city’s top colleges, which only admit students with high scores in the HSC exam. Around 30% of students from Jai Hind College and 40% from Ruia College couldn’t clear all their subjects.
Nearly 67% of commerce students from Dahanukar College in Vile Parle, 60% from SK Somaiya College in Ghatkopar and 51% from Thakur College in Kandivli failed. Most BCom students failed in mathematics, commerce (paper 1) and business communication.
The principals of these colleges blame the students’ lack of seriousness and, in some cases, their poor English for their lackadaisal performance.
Madhvi Pethe, principal of Dahanukar College, said, “They struggled to write descriptive answers as they come from the HSC system where more emphasis is on objective questions and mugging up can fetch enough marks.”
It was the same story with science students, too. Only 30% students from BN Bandodkar College of Science, Thane passed the Semester 1 exam. Madhur Pejawar, principal of the college, said, “Most of the students were trying for admission into engineering courses till September. They were not prepared for the exam which was conducted in October.” He added that students mostly failed to clear their physics and chemistry papers.