While the University of Mumbai recently went ahead and introduced its controversial "scaling down policy" in September 2013 despite huge protests from all stakeholders, it has now emerged that the policy was not applied in all the subjects.
The policy states that if the marks obtained by the students in the internal assessment and semester-end examination differs by more than 20%, the marks in the internal assessment would be scaled down.
However, dna has in its possession the mark sheets of two BSc students (fifth semester, credit system) which prove that this scaling down didn't take place. The sheets show that marks were not deducted although the difference in their internal and external assessment scores was more than 20%. The subjects are physics and statistics, of which the mark sheets were distributed in the first week of January.
In the case of one candidate, the marks were not deducted from three physics papers despite the fact that the candidate had secured more than 90% in the internal assessments of three subjects while securing only 50-60% in the theory papers. None of the scores in the three papers were scaled down.
In the statistics subject, the candidate got very high marks in the internal assessment in five papers (40/40 in two papers) but only scored 55-70% in the theory papers.
While these candidates definitely don't have any problem, other candidates have termed the system "opaque" and "unjust". A student, requesting anonymity, asked, "If the policy is applicable to all the subjects, then how come no marks were deducted in the physics and statistics sujects?"
A professor said, "This shows extreme callousness of the University officials who haphazardly introduced the policy without any homework."
The scaling down policy was introduced in September 2013 for four lakh students of all semesters of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, following complaints of inflated internal marks being allotted by many colleges.
It is yet to be determined whether the policy was implemented for other subjects, as the mark sheets for other subjects in the Science stream are still under preparation at the university, along with the Commerce and Arts streams.
When contacted, controller of examinations Padma Deshmukh claimed, "Scaling down is implemented in all the papers which have external-internal component."