The ‘scaling down policy’ of the University of Mumbai has sparked controversy with the students union coming down heavily on the authorities for the “weird rule”.
The scaling down policy was introduced by the university in September by amending the Ordinances and regulations related to UG and PG studies. According to the changed rules, “If the marks in the internal assessment and the semester-end examination differ by more than 20%, the marks in internal assessment would be scaled down.”
The students have termed the decision as “unfair and against the natural justice”.
Three student unions --- Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Prahar Vidyarthi Sanghatna -- have termed the move “anti-student” and have demanded the university to roll back the policy with immediate effect.
In a letter written to vice chancellor Rajan Welukar on Saturday, ABVP has threatened to launch a demonstration if the university failed to revoke the regulation within three days.
The ABVP delegation met the VC on Monday. Prahar leader Advocate Manoj Tekde and MNVS leader and university senator Sudhakar Tamboli have also opposed the move and are planning similar protests. “A student’s performance should be judged on the aggregate not on the external and internal separately,” said Tamboli.
In a guarded response, pro vice chancellor Naresh Chandra said: “The regulation stands as of now.” He refused to comment further.
The new rule be applicable with immediate effect for all semesters of undergraduate and post-graduate courses in science, arts and commerce faculty. Over five lakh students .