Now, students may not have to wait for six to 10 months to get a photocopy of their answer sheets or revaluation results from the University of Mumbai.
The university has finally decided to go hi-tech and plans to send scanned copies of the answer sheets to the students and examiners via emails, thus saving time, effort and money.
“We plan to email scanned copies of the answer sheets to students and the examiners for revaluation from this academic year. Hopefully, we would get the required infrastructure soon,” said Subhash Deo, director of examination.
While IIT-JEE, Annadurai University and Gujarat Technological University have already this method to reduce delays in the revaluation process, the University of Mumbai would be the first in Maharashtra to do so.
Deo clarified that the varsity cannot adopt the entire online assessment process, on the lines of Annadurai University, this academic year.
More than 2.5 lakh students appear for the varsity's final-year exams every year and nearly 20% of them — 50,000 students — apply for photocopies of their answer sheets and revaluation.
The varsity's decision to go hi-tech will help them save Rs50 per answer sheet. At present, the state government spends Rs170 for assessment of one paper. Moreover, the travelling expenses of the examiners will also reduce.
Students have welcomed the initiative as they are the ones who are most affected. Ideally, the revaluation process should be completed within a month, but the delays in the revaluation process often resulted in students losing out on admission in foreign universities or even a job.
"I had applied for a photocopy of my answer sheets soon after the TYBCom results in July 2011. Instead of getting them within 15 days, I got them after two months, and that too after several visits to the Kalina campus," said a first-year MCom student, who did not wish to be named.
While professors agree that the new method will reduce revaluation time, they are still sceptical.
Dr Sangeeta Kohli, principal of SK Somaiya College, said: "Each answer sheet has minimum 30 pages. It would be cumbersome to scan lakhs of pages with clarity and then email them to the right person. But this method would definitely reduce revaluation time."
Another examiner pointed out that checking a scanned answer sheet could be difficult and time-consuming.