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Open Letter to the VC, University of Mumbai

A student of the Mumbai University has written a letter to the Vice Chancellor regarding its unplanned initiative to change assesment procedures. We have reproduced the letter below.

Sanjay Deshmukh Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai Sir, The University of Mumbai is an institution with a lot of potential. There is no dearth of talent or resources. But, there are pressing issues which have plagued us that have affected the students and the entire system tremendously. As a student who has studied here for a long period, it is my duty to point out the shortcomings and strive for the betterment of the institution as a whole. While certain issues were dealt with during the course, another set of grievances have arisen in the last few months, which have left me with no option, but to write to you again.

This is about the future of the lakhs of third year and masters students being affected by the online assessment system for evaluation of papers. It has been a subject of contention for months now. There are several layers of objection to this initiative. Firstly, the enormity of this exercise, which includes the tedious scanning process, training for professors, the security of the system and the data requirements in terms of details of professors involved, clearly implies that a lot of planning is necessary. If the intention was to implement this from the april semester itself, why was the process of tenders not commenced before April? If it was the case, the agency and the university could have had adequate time to put the system in place.

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Published On : 23rd Feb, 2024

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