Mumbai: The Mumbai University has come with a proposal to pass off its crucial duty of conducting exams to colleges and departments that run the courses. The university has published a list of 87 Certificate and Postgraduate Programmes, whose students will not be tested centrally by the university at the end of their programmes. They also claimed that several colleges were inflating their own students' marks.
The university official said that the proposal came as the exam house was understaffed and could no longer invest its time in these courses, and hold so many tests. The proposal was debatable by the exam house and passed by the board of examinations. The academic council gave it a green signal too.
On Thursday, the management council will release their final decision on the proposal. If cleared, it will be mooted from this academic year. According to the proposal, the job of conducting exams, which includes paper-setting, printing papers, taking the exam, evaluation and declaration of results, will be held by respective colleges, institutes and departments running the courses.
As per the proposal, the courses include Diploma in Labour Laws and Labour Welfare, Post Graduate in Forensic Science and Laws, PG in Intellectual Property Rights, Diploma in Buddhist Studies and Vippasana, PG Diploma in Ambedkar Thoughts, and Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Applied Nutrition.
According to the sources, around 59 programmes are in Arts, followed by 15 in Commerce and 13 in Science. Some courses like Diploma in Financial Management have 1,850 students across two years, whereas some have only a small number of students.
Dilip Karande, Management Council Member told the university must correct the situation instead of shirking responsibility. While, some experts stated it does not seem to have learned a lesson despite many colleges inflating students' scores. This is the start to something bigger and more sinister, said an economics faculty member.