Some students of the Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Financial & Management Studies of Mumbai University have complained that they have been stopped from applying for reevaluation or acquiring photocopy of one of their papers.
The paper, 'Security Analysis and Portfolio Management' from semester III of the MMS (masters in management studies) course offered by the Mumbai University. Results were declared in January and some students failed in this paper. These students then applied for reevaluation because they were sure of passing this paper.
While the students complain that it was an internal paper and they suspect errors in evaluation which have led to failure of some students, the institute head claims it is an university paper and the institute is not authorised to respond to reevaluation applications of students.
Meanwhile, re-examination date for the paper is approaching soon but there is no end to the confusion over the paper even though it has been almost two months since the results were declared.
Now, a letter has been sent to the Vice Chancellor of the MU after nervous students approached a students' wing of a political party. Every student has a right to apply for reevaluation and acquire photocopies of the paper if he/she suspects any error. Students have written to VC complaining that their right has been violated by the institute.
One of the students, requesting anonymity, told mid-day, "It was much easy paper and not a subject where anybody would fail. It was a shock for us when we saw the result. It was only natural to apply for reevaluation and photocopies of answer-sheets to ensure that the result is nit erroneous. But the institute completely denied it. "
"We spoke to our professor who was also involved with the evaluation. He told us how nobody seemed to have failed during evaluation. This confused us more. But the professor also shrugged the responsibility off his shoulder saying that the institute has the last call. With lack of appropriate answers or explanations from anybody, we approached the students organisation," claimed another student who also did not wish to be named fearing adverse consequences.
Aditya Shirodkar, head of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) a students organisation which is helping these students, said, "This is complete violation of students' right to apply for reevaluation and acquiring photocopies."
Another member of the organisation, Santosh Gangurde, said, "It is funnier that principal of an institute is not aware of students rights. When we inquired in the matter, we were also told that students cannot be allowed reevaluation by showing a document of Varsity revaluation process. But here the paper is by college."
When contacted, Smita Shukla, in-charge director of the institute, she denied the students' allegations and said, "We never denied reevaluation to students. But this is a university examination and they have approach to University's examination section for it. It is not under our control."