In a last minute change, which is likely to affect over 88,000 third year students, the Mumbai University has postponed all examinations scheduled for March 28 and April 1 due to teachers and other college staff being assigned election-related duties on these dates.
On March 28, there were 126 papers and 39 exams scheduled across 476 centres. While TYBA examinations have already started, the TYBCom examinations were scheduled to begin on Friday. But a majority of the teaching and non-teaching college staff have been assigned poll duties and are expected to report for training on March 28 and April 1. "Many principals have informed us that staff members had been assigned election duty and on March 28 and April 1 they were to be imparted training. That would disturb the smooth conduct of the examinations, and hence they are being postponed. The inconvenience caused to students is regretted," said Naresh Chandra, university pro-vice-chancellor.
Students came to know of this change through circulars put up in colleges in the evening. "Luckily I was in the college library, and saw the circular," said Mehrzaad Mograleia, a KC College student.
Several students came to know of it late on Thursday through the university website. "We keep tracking the varsity website because such things have happened earlier too. So after one of my friends found this, it's being sent to various whatsapp groups," said Janvhi Kulkarni, a student of Ruia College, Matunga.
The revised dates will be announced soon.