Mumbai University results: 3.25 lakh answer sheets yet to be evaluated

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While the Mumbai University (MU) has scheduled the result declaration date for the undergraduate courses today, that is, July 31, it seems the varsity will miss the deadline. Of the 477 examinations that the MU conducted in March and April this year, the results of 340 courses are pending. Even as officials are hopeful of declaring most results on Monday, the deadline set by the governor and chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, a whopping 3.25 lakh answer sheets are yet to be evaluated. Over a lakh papers are to be moderated.

In Commerce stream alone, over 2.63 lakh papers are to be assessed. Monday marks the end of non-instructional days, which means assessors will have to evaluate papers and take classes.

Even as the university is hopeful of declaring all Arts, Science, Technology and Management results by July 31, it is likely that some of these results will miss the deadline. Commerce and law results will spill over to the rest of the week.

As per a press statement, the Mumbai University has received the help of the universities of Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad and Kolhapur, and the speed of the work has accelerated. “Of the total 17,36,145 answer sheets, 90 per cent have been evaluated and 3,25,305 answer sheets will be evaluated soon,” it said.

The delay in the MU results was also raised in the ongoing monsoon session of the legislature recently. The meeting on July 28 was chaired by Nimbalkar and attended by Education Minister Vinod Tawde, MLCs Hemant Takle, Dhananjay Munde and Anil Parab among others.

Delhi government cuts funding of 28 Delhi University colleges

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The Delhi government today ordered a freeze on funding of 28 Delhi University colleges which are either fully or partially funded by it following the varsity’s failure to appoint governing bodies since months.

As first reported by The Indian Express on July 20, even after 11 communications in the past 11 months yielded no result, the Delhi government has directed that “all funds” to 28 government-funded colleges in Delhi University be stopped by August 1 unless the university constitutes governing bodies before that.

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, while describing the delay as a “farcical” and “deliberate”. In a series of tweets, he said, “Hv ordered Fin Dept to stop funding for all Delhi gov funded 28 DU colleges, as DU not willing to hv governing bodies for last 10 months,” Sisodia said in a series of
tweets.

“I cannot allow unchecked corruption and irregularities to be sustained on Delhi govt funds in the name of education,” he added.

Earlier, the Delhi government had alleged that the varsity’s administration is under pressure from the Central government and therefore deliberately not constituting governing bodies of 28 colleges. While 12 of them are fully funded, the government provides 5 per cent grant to 16 others. The remaining 95 per cent is given by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Delhi University Registrar Tarun Das, who is authorised to speak to media, remained unavailable for his comments on the issue.

Mumbai University misses results deadline again, wants 5 more days now

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WITH OVER 2.94 lakh answersheets yet to be assessed, the University of Mumbai missed the Monday deadline set by Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. The future of over 4.5 lakh students is now uncertain with the university saying it needs at least five more days to come out with the results.

Even as the results of third-year science students were declared Monday, students of most major streams, including commerce, engineering and law, will have to wait longer for their final year results. Registrar M A Khan said the university would now ensure all results were declared by August 5.

Of the 477 exams conducted in March and April this year, the university has so far declared results 171-odd papers, despite the Maharashtra Public Universities Act mandating that results be declared within 45 days of the exams.

The delay has been attributed to the hasty implementation of the ‘onscreen assessment process’ for correcting final year answersheets this year. The process requires answersheets to be scanned and then evaluated, leaving no room for tampering. But the university failed to appoint an agency in time to help with the technology and infrastructure. The agency was finally appointed on April 27. As a result, paper assessment, which usually starts three days after the exams, was delayed by more than a month after the exams.

Following the unprecedented delay in the declaration of results, Governor Rao had on July 4 pulled up officials and directed the university to declare all results by July 31.

He had also asked Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh to complete the assessments on war footing and ensure all technical glitches in the new onscreen assessment system were smoothened out.

Following the governor’s directive, the university has delegated part of its assessment work to other state universities, including those in Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. However, technical glitches in the system and the difference in syllabi have hindered the work. On Monday, Savitribai Phule Pune University kicked off the process by allotting nearly 50 teachers for the purpose. However, not more than 100 papers could be corrected in a day, said an official in the university. Similar complaints were reported from other universities too.

Students, meanwhile, will bear the consequences of the university’s failure to declare results in time. Several students who have applied to universities abroad and colleges within the country may have to drop a year as it is past the deadline of most of these colleges to accept marksheets. Those seeking jobs too are unable to join or apply without their final year results.

The delay, which has put the future of students in jeopardy, has also led to uproar in the ongoing monsoon session of the Assembly. The Shiv Sena and the Congress have also demanded the resignation of Education Minister Vinod Tawde as well as V-C Deshmukh over the fiasco.

“A privilege motion would be moved against Vinod Tawde for his failure to meet the promise given on the floor of the House,” said Shiv Sena leader in the Legislative Council Anil Parab.

Amid the chaos over result declaration, economics professor Neeraj Hatekar has decided to take voluntary retirement. Making the announcement through a Facebook post, Hatekar claimed that he was distressed over “whatever is going on at the University of Mumbai”, and said he wanted to fight for the university’s betterment from the outside.

Meanwhile, the Bombay University College and Teachers’ Union has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court against the university seeking the court’s intervention against the “arbitrary, subjective and hasty decisions” of the V-C to implement the onscreen assessment system.

Mumbai University result delay: Students fear losing year, jobs, overseas seats

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A FINAL-YEAR engineering student, who has been selected for a Masters in Business Administration course in the UK, has spent the past two weeks making rounds of the University of Mumbai, writing applications for an early declaration of results lest she lose the seat. “I had to submit my marksheets to the UK university by August 1. I have been requesting the University of Mumbai to see if the results could be declared confidentially to the UK university directly,” said the student, who spent all of Monday inside a newly set up confidential reports cell in the university. She was among a dozen students who had turned up at the cell with similar requests.

The university’s inability to deliver the results of final-year students in time has left thousands of such students in the lurch. From uncertainty over future admissions, job rejections and the inability to meet deadlines, students have had a tumultuous couple of months. Although the deadline for releasing results was July 31, there are around 2.9 lakh answer papers yet to be corrected.

Suraj Vishwakarma, an MSc student of Birla College, Kalyan, said, “I applied to an IT giant for a job, but they could not give me a definite decision because my results have not been declared. They said that if there are no vacancies left by the time results are declared, I will not get the job. I am very stressed at this moment as I don’t want to lose this opportunity.”

Another student, who did a BA in French from MU, has been selected at the University of Edinburgh for a Masters in Film Studies but she has not been able to go ahead with her admission process. She now fears she might have to drop a year.

Some have even resigned to taking a year drop instead of applying and losing out on admissions. “I have decided to postpone my plans to study abroad only because I have not got my results. It is very annoying and stressful,” said Yesha Mehta, a BMS student.

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This year, the university decided to assess final-year papers through an onscreen system. However, the system was hastily implemented following a delay, leading to a delay in declaration of results. Of the 477 exams held in March and April this year, the results of 160 have been declared so far. The university has now not only missed the 45-day deadline set by the Maharashtra Public Universities Act but also the July 31 deadline set by Governor and Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

While several students are worried of a year drop, a debate over the quality of assessment has left students concerned over discrepancies in results. “The entire assessment process has been so badly organised and has taken so long, my main worry is that in the rush, my papers will not be corrected properly,” said Bhakti Sonawala, a BCom student from Lala Lajpatrai College. The results will now be declared by August 5.

 

About 28 Delhi University colleges to be audited over graft complaints: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday wrote to CAG demanding an audit of 28 Delhi University colleges, wholly or partially funded by the state government, after receiving complaints of corruption against them. The move comes a day after the Delhi government ordered a freeze on the funding of the 28 colleges following the varsity’s failure to constitute Governing Bodies (GBs) for over 10 months.

The Delhi University (DU) teachers, on the other hand, have written to Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, urging him to
complete the GB formation process so that students do not suffer due to funds freeze.

“Have written to CAG asking for comprehensive audit of 28 Delhi govt funded colleges, as I’ve received many complaints of corruption. 28 colleges need CAG audit as there are complaints of corruption; with no Governing Bodies for 10 months, there’s been no oversight,” Sisodia said in a series of tweets.

Sisodia, who is also the education minister, said, “It seems governing bodies have not been formed so that corruption and irregularities can go on. Public money cannot be wasted like this”. He also posted a letter from BJP MP Udit Raj on his Twitter handle, complaining of alleged irregularities in appointments to government funded colleges.

A college’s governing body comprises 15 members, out of which five are nominated by the state government. The body is responsible for taking several administrative decisions. Out of the 28 colleges, Maharaja Agrasen College,
BR Ambedkar College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Bhagini Nivedita College etc are wholly funded by the Delhi government.

The College of Vocational Studies, Rajdhani College, Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru College, Aurobindo College, Kalindi College and Shyama Prasad Mukherji College are among those partially funded by the state.

“The university is in the process of completing the formalities and soon the bodies will be formed,” a senior DU official said.

Panjab University Campus Election 2017

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In a bid to ensure that they emerge victorious in the upcoming campus elections, the Punjab University Student Union (PUSU) has made special teams of leaders from each community who would be interacting with students in their mother tongue.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, PUSU president Nishant Kaushal, said, “ We are just focusing on the sharing the achievements of our party among the new voters and for this purpose we have thought of interacting with the students in their mother tongue. As I belong to Himachal, so I would interact with all the Himachali students, so that they can have a better idea of what our party is about and they can have a better understanding about the party.”
“The party has also planned to prepare a proforma, wherein party leaders would gather all the necessary information about each student. After gathering the necessary information, the party leaders will then decide which approach would be taken to convince the students to vote for us,” Kaushal said.

Commenting on other strategies the party would be taking, Kaushal said, “The party will distribute pamphlets highlighting the party’s achievements and weakness of our opponents. A leader with the same academic background will target each student from each department. For instance, a computer science student would be approached by a leader having the same background,so that that the student can get a better understanding of what the party has done for their concerned department,” Kaushal added.

Mumbai University results to release by August 5: Chief Minister

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The Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly on August 1 that theresults of the Mumbai University (MU) will be out by August 5. The MU results were initially sloted to release on July 31, a deadline announced by the Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao earlier.

Due to delay in declaring the results has stopped many students to apply in foreign universities. In the Assembly, the Shiv Senasought the removal of the MU Vice Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh. “The work for assessing around 17 lakh papers is undertaken in one go, which could have been implemented in phases. It (phase-wise assessment) could have helped in avoiding the current mess,” the chief minister said. The Minister said while 14 lakh papers have been assessedbut the results cannot be announced unless all the papers are evaluated. “The university has also completed (the assessment of) results of 171 exams, but all the results will be declared by August 5,” Fadnavis said.

The Minister said while 14 lakh papers have been assessed but the results cannot be announced unless all the papers are evaluated. “The university has also completed (the assessment of) results of 171 exams, but all the results will be declared by August 5,” Fadnavis said.

The varsity will issue the certificates by August 15 for those students who are keen on going abroad, he said. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar blamed the  government for the entire mess over the results. “The minister has failed completely. The results of 306 exams are still awaited because of the delay in the online assessment,” Pawar added.

Shiv Sena MLC Anil Parab moved a breach of privilege motion against Education Minister Vinod Tawde in the Legislative Council over the delay in declaration of results.

“The education minister had assured the House that results will be declared on time, which did not happen. I am thus moving a Privilege Motion against him,” the Sena leader said.

Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt said if the online assessmenthad to be done, it should have been carried out in phases anda pilot project should have been launched involving a fewthousand students.

Ancient wisdom: Learn more about Chanakya, Vidur and Indian culture at Banaras Hindu University

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Do you know what Chanakya Neeti is, or for that matter Vidur Neeti or sage Kamandak’s treatise on military techniques and warfare management?

If not, enrol at Bharat Adhyayan Kendra (BAK) of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi to learn more about ancient Indian streams of knowledge.

BAK aims to promote Sanskrit as well as ‘sanskriti’ (culture) and will initiate professors and students into Chanakya Neeti, Vidur Neeti and Vedic sciences and other skills and techniques.

The centre will invite students of various departments in batches to spread awareness about ancient art and knowledge by holding a series of lectures and seminars.

The initiative has been taken to preserve ancient Indian knowledge by giving an idea to students, professors and research scholars of polity and state management as mentioned in Vidur Neeti and Chanakya Neeti. The ancient texts are mainly in Sanskrit.

“Vidur Neeti and Chanakya Neeti can be utilised in the management of state administration. In the present scenario, a large number of students haven’t even heard about these texts, let alone studying them. Therefore, scholars at the centre started working on these texts to find out its relevance in present times,” he added.

The subjects to be covered in the programmes include 64 ‘kalas’ (art forms), 18 ‘vidyas’ (techniques or skills), Vedic studies, Vedanga (including Jyotish, Dharmashastra and Puranas), and schools of Indian philosophy.

It will also focus on research on rajshastra (polity), ayurveda (ancient medical science) and arthshashtra (economics).

Foreign students at various faculties of the BHU will also be invited to the seminars and lectures by scholars and professors who have indepth knowledge on these topics.

Only one topic will be covered in a lecture.

Five centenary research fellows and three centenary chair professors –including Prof Kamlesh Dutt Tripathi, Prof Yugal Kishore Mishra and Prof Rakesh Upadhyaya – have been roped in to carry out research in ancient disciplines. Foreign scholars will also be involved in research work in future.

“Research on 64 ‘kalas’ (art forms) and 18 ‘vidyas’ (techniques or streams) has already been completed. We will inform the students and professors about its importance in present times by holding a conference in the near future,” said coordinator, BAK, Prof Sadashiv Dwivedi.

The scholars will prepare papers on these subjects and discuss these in detail.

“Our students should be aware of ancient Indian knowledge widely discussed in classical texts,” he added.

“Professors and students of political science, management, Vedic sciences, military science and management will be invited to the programmes to discuss ancient topics. We will inform them why Sanskrit and ‘Bharatiya sanskriti’ are equally important and complementary to each other. One who knows Sanskrit will understand the essence of ancient texts,” Prof Dwivedi said.

In ancient times, sage Kamandak gave ‘Kamandak Neeti’ on warfare management and techniques. “Not many know about sage Kamandak today,” Prof Dwivedi he said, adding regular programmes and efforts would help in generating interest among students and teachers.

“Students may start learning Sanskrit. Scholars at BAK are trying to study and preserve ancient Indian texts and promote Sanskrit. If the language flourishes, Indian culture will be further consolidated,” he said.

BAK was founded about one and a half years ago on the initiative of BHU vice-chancellor Prof Girish Chandra Tripathi to study, preserve and promote ancient knowledge.

Mumbai University results 2017: 90% answer sheets evaluated as deadline ends

The evaluation of 90% answer sheets of MU has been done so far, as the deadline, set by Chancellor and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, to declare results of all examinations ends on Monday.

The evaluation of 90% answer sheets of the Mumbai University (MU) has been done so far, as the deadline, set by Chancellor and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, to declare results of all examinations ends on Monday.

Over three lakh answer sheets were yet to be assessed, according to a statement issued by the MU late last night.

“The Mumbai University has received the help of the universities of Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad and Kolhapur, and the speed of the work has accelerated. Of the total 17,36,145 answer sheets, 90% have been evaluated and 3,25,305 answer sheets will be evaluated soon,” it said.

The Mumbai University has declared 153 results in various streams. The results under various branches that have been announced are: arts-78, technology-48, science-10, management-10 and commerce-seven, said the statement.

Except for commerce and law, most branches have reached between 90% and 98% completion of assessment, the communication said.

The Maharashtra government had on Friday ordered an inquiry against Mumbai University’s Vice Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh over his role in implementing the new online assessment system, which has resulted in delay in declaration of examination results.

Minister of State for Higher Education Ravindra Waikar earlier told the Maharashtra Assembly that an inquiry will be initiated against Deshmukh about the manner in which the new assessment system was implemented.

It would also be probed that how tenders were floated in connection with implementing the decision.

The Mumbai Congress had also threatened to ‘gherao’ the university campus if it does not declare results of all examinations by July 31.

State Education Minister Vinod Tawde said in the House last week that while the inquiry committee will probe into the entire matter, the task before the government at present is to announce the results of exams of final year courses.

The government will take steps so that such a delay does not take place in next the session, he said.

 

 

Hi-tech university: Health science institute in Punjab to issue digital degrees, certificates to students

The varsity, avoiding the use of paper, will now issue digital certificates to students.

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of digital India, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) has created a special cell for issuing digital certificates/degrees to its students.

The varsity, avoiding the use of paper, will now issue digital certificates to students. These certificates will be preserved digitally under the National Academic Depository (NAD).

“NAD is a commendable initiative of the central government. It is kind of a bank where students will have digital accounts for procuring and preserving their digital documents issued by the university to them,” said a senior official of the varsity.

“If a student requires a transcription of his/her certificate anywhere around the globe, he/she can simply access the documents from his digital account with NAD. Unlike the present scenario, students will not have to visit the university in emergency situations to get their certificates. They will also not have to pay any fee to the university for getting certificates.”

“NAD will provide free services to users for first two years and after that it will charge a nominal fee for preserving documents. There will be full transparency and no risk of fake degrees or certificates involved as students will be identified by their respective Aadhaar number,” said the officer.

Pertinently, NAD was recently launched in New Delhi by former President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Vice-chancellors of around 700 universities across country were part of the event, where the human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar directed them to adopt the practice at the earliest.

BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur, confirming the report said, “Following the conference of the VCs regarding digital initiatives in higher education, one thing which is very useful for students is the preservation of their degrees and detailed marks with NAD. BFUHS has created a cell for the same purpose.”

“We have appointed a nodal officer too adhering with the instructions of the concerned ministry. This initiative of the government is a great step in bringing absolute transparency in the education system,” said the VC.