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Why Mumbai University Failed to Do a Reality Check?

Amidst huge uproar calling for resignation of VC – Sanjay Deshmukh, there's one question that prompts everyone, why was this decision of Online Screen Marking taken hurriedly and applied without much planning.

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Updated:August 4, 2017, 6:05 PM IST
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Why Mumbai University Failed to Do a Reality Check?
File photo of Mumbai University VC Sanjay Deshmukh.
The Mumbai University is facing a crisis that's first of its kind when the future of 4.2 Lakh students is at stake as they stare at losing 1 academic year of their life. The MU results used to be declared by Mid-June every year, however, that was not the case this time with the transformation to online assessment than the traditional pen and paper way of manual checking.

The University failed to declare the exam results on its promised deadline July 31st 2017 and promised a new date i.e. on Saturday (5th August 2017), however, what is more concerning is not the delay but the chaos in uploading the answer sheets that has put a question mark whether the results would be declared altogether or not, or would the results be accurate or not.

Amidst huge uproar calling for resignation of VC – Sanjay Deshmukh, there's one question that prompts everyone, why was this decision of Online Screen Marking taken hurriedly and applied without much planning. The decision of moving to Online Screen Marking was taken by Sanjay Deshmukh in the wake of May 2016 Cheating Scam that was solved by Bhandup Police by arresting a racket of cheats who used to source answer sheets from Mumbai University, tamper them and then replace. Due to this cheating scam, the VC – Sanjay Deshmukh took the decision to overhaul the manual system and shift answer sheets checking to the digital mode.

Although the VC had good intentions while introducing this transformation, the way things have turned out, everybody is up against VC – Sanjay Deshmukh and holding him accountable for the Mumbai University Results 2017 fiasco which happened due to lack of planning.

The questions being raise dare that if the University was not getting an agency onboard on time, it should have stick to the traditional way of paper checking. Secondly, teachers should have been trained in detail to quicken up the process, and lastly, even after 2 months of chaos, MU failed to do a reality check and carried on with a bad decision, putting lakhs of students in jeopardy.
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