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Mumbai University opens a special counter to address students' woes

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 7:10am IST | Agency: dna

Days after dna reported about the online assessment fiasco, which resulted in wrongful failure of more than 500 engineering students. The Mumbai University on Monday, had set up a special counter for engineering students at exam house at the Kalina campus.

The counter will be opened from 11am to 1pm daily. Students can approach the counter for their complaints pertaining to the assessment.

Naresh Chandra, pro-vice chancellor said, "We had set up a counter so that work can be facilitated. We are set to declare all the revaluation results before the repeaters exam." A special counter itself indicates that the issue is bigger than the what the varsity claims to be.

Several final year students from over 60 engineering colleges affiliated to varsity had approached the exam house last week, to complain against the faulty online assessment for the exam conducted in December 2013. They had complained that they have got less marks.

When the students applied for the duplicate of the answer sheet, they came to know that only supplementary answer sheets were scanned and assessed while the main answer sheet was missing.

Meanwhile, more than 4,000 engineering candidates have applied for the revaluation of which many are yet to get the results while repeaters exam will start from May19.

The fiasco has been trailed to an outsourcing firm. The varsity has assigned the answer sheet scanning job to a Bangalore-based firm-Mind Logicx, which has reportedly installed 60 high speed scanners.

However, considering its love for the outsourcing firm, which is obvious from a six-year-old contract they have handed to another controversial firm MKCL, which led to the hall ticket disaster. It's unlikely that the varsity will take any action.

When asked if the firm would be penalised, dean, faculty of technology, SK Ukrande said, "We have told the firm clearly that they will have to take care of the main and supplement sheets from the next exam onwards. Taking an action is the easiest thing, but it doesn't necessarily address the issue. Moreover, this is just the first year and errors are bound to happen. However, I am not an authorised person to decide on action."

When told that the company was said to be an experienced one, which already worked in Karnataka, Ukrande said, "In Karnataka, they provide only one answer sheet of 40 pages. We also sought to introduce the same but after hue and cry by students and media, we had allowed supplementary sheets also." He also claimed that all revaluation results would be declared by Tuesday.

University pulls up the socks ahead of exam which starts today
After the fiasco, University has taken some measures for the efficient online assessment for the exam which starts on Tuesday. "The scanned answer sheet would be moving to evaluators within six days so that the results don't get delayed like this time," said Ukrande. He also said that the University has decided to continue to give supplementary sheets. "The firm has been asked to take extra measures so that supplementary sheets are scanned with the main. All those papers which would be unclear or incomplete after scanning would be sent to a board which will take a call on same day."

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