The University of Mumbai’s website had announced that hall tickets for first-year B.Com students of distance education programnme would be available from March 26. But when more than 4,000 candidates many of them travelling all the way from places like Vasai, Kalyan, Thane and Navi Mumbai-came to the varsity’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning in Kalina to collect their tickets on Monday, several of them were turned away.
Though repeaters hall tickets were finally distributed in the afternoon, all the fresh candidates had to return empty handed. The university, however, claimed that all the hall tickets would be available online by Monday night. Around 8,600 fresh candidates and 3,700 repeaters from IDOL will appear for their first year B.Com exams that will start from March 30. Till Sunday evening, the university had not been unable to find centres for more than 600 IDOL students in Andheri, Ghatkopar and Chembur, and it feared that the issuing of tickets for the exams might be delayed.
Finally on Monday, 55 colleges as well as the IDOLs building were assigned as centres for the examinations. Duryodhan Dange, appearing for his ATKT (allowed to keep term) paper, said, I reached the Kalina campus around 9 am and had to wait till 3 pm to get my hall ticket. There was an error, which was rectified later. In the morning, nobody was helping us. One of the officials seven said there were three more days to go for the exams and so, we need not worry. Dilip Karande, who is on the advisory board of IDOL, blamed the confusion on a government firm to which the procedure was outsourced.
This year, the admission procedure and processing of hall tickets were outsourced to Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited which was paid Rs 125 per student. But the process has, in fact, put students in a lot of inconvenience, he said. One of the candidates, Aneesha Jauhari, got her ticket with the centre number, but is not sure which college has been assigned as the centre. We will have to go to the university again to check the venue, said Aneesha, who had to leave before the list was put up. Later in the day, a list of exam centres for repeaters were put up.
Asking fresh candidates to check their hall tickets online on Monday night or Tuesday morning, IDOL, director D Harichandan said, “The online hall tickets have my signature, student’s photos, centre numbers and venues. They need not authenticate it any where. They just need to download it and use the printout as hall tickets. There will be no need to come to the campus again. If there are errors, they can approach the exam section of the university. Not many are, however, convinced." One of them said, What if the university’s website crashes and we are forced to visit the campus again And, if there are errors, we will have to come to the exam house once more. But Harichandan assured all that the website was equipped to handle heavy traffic.
Courtesy: Times of India