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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
University changes exam Centres

Over two thousand students appearing for the final year commerce examination that starts on 21st March, Wednesday at 11 AM have been allotted new examination centres. Almost all of them could be unaware of this drastic development a day before the examination as the University of Mumbai has not informed them individually, but uploaded a circular on its website. The university asked three city colleges to divert 2,051 students to other institutes after realizing that it had assigned more students to the colleges than their seating capacity.

University changes exam centres

Among those affected are 500 regular students and 1,650 distance education candidates. For one, Narsee Monjee College of Commerce in Vile Parle has a capacity of 850 students, but the university assigned 1,700 candidates to it for taking the exam. The callousness with which our so called educators sometimes treat students is criminal. Most students, especially those who study really hard are extremely stressed during exams. The last thing they need is for their university to get something as basic as allotment of exam centres wrong.

Once a student has got his (or her) hall ticket, why would he go online the evening before the exam to check if everything’s in order? It’s only natural for any student to assume there’s nothing wrong with his hall ticket. Can you imagine his panic when he reaches his exam centre to discover there’s been a last-minute change? Is he supposed to race across Mumbai to his newly-allotted centre? And even if he manages to get there in time, will he be in any state of mind to write a good paper? If this had been an once-in-a-lifetime mistake, a more forgiving view could have been taken.

Sadly, it’s symptomatic of an education system that has stopped caring, where such fiascos are dismissed with a shrug. The university needs to answer for such callousness. No one has the right to play with the lives and futures of students with such impunity and get away with it.

2nd slip-up in T.Y.B.Com exam:
Now, 850 of the distance education students have been re-assigned Thakur College, a large campus spread across Kandivli (East). Similarly, 800 additional students who were allotted M K Sangavi College of Commerce and Economics in Vile Parle as exam centre will now have to take their test from either of these four colleges: DTSS College, Malad; St Rock’s Degree College, Borivali; Matruchhaya Degree College, Dahisar or Kaiser College of Commerce, Bandra.

And of another 500 regular B.Com students who were to earlier take the exam from Siddharth College of Commerce in Fort, 150 will now have to sit for the exam at Sant Gadge Maharaj College of Commerce in Khetwadi. This is the second slip-up for the same exam which saw some students scrambling for hall tickets till 20th March, Tuesday night. This year, 85,450 students are taking the T.Y.B.Com exam; of them, 11,500 are distance education candidates. Pradeep Sawant of the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena said “most students did not know that the seating arrangement was revised”.

“These are small hiccups that take place every year. We have informed the college principals to assist students and ensure they reach their exam centre. We have given additional stationery to all the exam centres. Students will not be put through any discomfort,” said in-charge controller of examination S. M. Suryavanshi. Clearly, students had a different tale to tell. Amol Pansare, a T.Y.B.Com student from a college in Thane, who will be appearing for his financial accounts paper on 21st March, Wednesday, was at the Mumbai university’s Kalina campus till 8 PM on Tuesday, waiting for the authorities to hand over his hall ticket.

More than 60 students got their hall tickets late on Tuesday as their colleges had failed to send their exam forms on time. “When I went to the college on Tuesday to collect the hall ticket, officials told me there was some problem with the exam form. I went to the Kalina campus and realized that the college failed to submit the form,” said Pansare. Suryavanshi said three to four affiliated colleges failed to send exam forms of more than 60 students to the varsity. “It was the college’s fault. The forms were sent to the university around 2 PM on Tuesday; still we have managed to issue hall tickets by evening.”

The varsity put up the hall tickets online for the first time on 18th March, Sunday. But the server crashed and most students could not avail of their copies. The hard copies reached colleges on 19th March, Monday, and were being distributed to students till Tuesday. A student said: “If the university had given the hall tickets a week before the exam, like every year, there would have been ample time to get the errors rectified.”

Changed Centers with Seat no:

Exam Centre

New Centre

Seat No.

N. M. College, Vile Parle

Thakur College, Kandivali (E)

72182 to 73031

M. K. Sanghavi College, Vile Parle

DTSS College, Malad (E)

71382 to 71681

St Rock’s College, Borivli (W)

71682 to 71981

Matruchhaya College, Dahisar (E)

71982 to 72081

Kaiser College, Bandra (E)

72082 to 72181

Siddharth College, Fort

Siddharth College

501 to 850

Sant Gadge Maharaj College, Khetwadi

851 to 1000

Courtesy: Times of India

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