Even after struggling for three weeks, almost all colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai failed to upload the online exam forms as servers provided by an outsourcing agency crashed.
The chaos derailed the exam process of the university as the last date of submission ended on September 10. The embarrassed university has now extended the submission date to September 14.
Around 2.5 lakh undergraduate and PG students of over 770 colleges will be appearing for the fifth semester exam starting from October 20.
A principal of a suburb college said: “The software lacks an autosave mode. This means, the page which requires records of 25 students is erased if the server crashes after details of 24 students are fed. Out of 450 students, the data of only 300 students could be uploaded till Wednesday evening.”
The colleges will have to go through the uploading process again. The university is conducting the fifth semester exam for the undergraduates for the first time as credit-based semester system was put in place since 2011. The online exam form system requires uploading the results of four semesters, validation of fifth semester subjects and then approval by MKCL. The final forms of all the candidates generated this way are supposed to be submitted as hard copy.
Controller of examination, professor Padma Deshmukh said: “There was some technical issue with the servers, delaying uploading of the exam forms. We have directed the MKCL to contact each college and complete the job within September 14.”
When asked about measures taken to plug the repeated glitches, Deshmukh said, “The agency had been hired much before I joined the exam house. They have been asked to pull up their socks.”