Relief for MSc students as Mumbai University postpones examination

Updated: Jan 23, 2018, 09:10 IST | Pallavi Smart

Mumbai University's MSc students can now stop panicking. Their examination has been postponed to February 9 from January 23, and theory lectures will be completed before that, all of it a day after mid-day highlighted the students' struggle

Mumbai University
Mumbai University

Mumbai University's MSc students can now stop panicking. Their examination has been postponed to February 9 from January 23, and theory lectures will be completed before that, all of it a day after mid-day highlighted the students' struggle.

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While even the new date gives them hardly any time for self-study, they are fine with it as it allows them time to at least complete the lectures, which will cover the curriculum.

mid-day, in possession of the notice announcement, had reported on Monday about the declaration of the exam schedule of MSc and chemistry students despite no lecture being held. Students had then got together and persuaded professors to conduct an informal lecture series. This began on January 18 and will finish on February 3.

"We are glad that exams have been postponed. But when is the university going to learn its lesson? The exams had to be postponed earlier as well for the same reason. But instead of holding lectures, it repeated its mistake. Even now, this lecture series happened because all of us coordinated with professors," said a student.

Another student said, "Lectures will wrap up on February 3 and exams will begin on February 9. There is hardly any time for self-study. But we are thankful that at least this lecture series will complete before exams start. We will get professors to take us through the theory curriculum once before the exams."

Former Senate member Pradeep Sawant, who had intervened to help the students, said, "It is good that these students finally get to attend lectures before appearing for the exams, which should be the practice anyway. We hope the varsity learns a lesson from this."

Dr Arjun Ghatule, director of Examinations and Evaluation, who had earlier told mid-day how his department was considering the students' request, as it hadn't been aware of the lecture situation, was unavailable for comment despite repeated calls and messages.

When law students moved high court
The HC, concluding the petition by LLM students to push back their exams, ruled that those who wanted to appear could from Tuesday, and those who weren't confident could take it in the next semester, without it being a repeat exam. "It is important that MU doesn't repeat this, by keeping an inadequate gap between two exams, in the next semester," said Sachin Pawar, president of Law Students' Council.

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