Keeping pace with the digital age, and to bring changes in the examination system, Mumbai University has decided to introduce online exam paper assessment projects for all faculties of the University from the next academic session commencing from April 2017.
The University plans to evaluate 19.5 answer books with the help of a computerised system. The officials of the university believe that it will reduce the delay in time in declaration the results.
Over the years, the University of Mumbai has got the dubious distinction of being late in declaring the date of exam results. As the per the Maharashtra University Act, it is mandatory to announce the results of the University exam within 45 days from the last date of the examination.
To launch the online paper assessment module, Mumbai University has conducted an onscreen/ online scrutiny of engineering and technology exam papers as pilot. As a result, the university has been able to declare the engineering and technology exam results within 15 - 20 days, which is a feat in the history of the university. The University plans to replicate the same pattern in the other faculties like:
Deputy Registrar, Public Relations, Leeladhar Bansod, said that every semester, the University conducts as many as 402 examinations, covering around 19.5 lakh answer booklets.
Students also feel that the project might cause some technical problems like the one case in 2014 for engineering evaluation. Hundreds of students alleged that they failed in the examination due to goof-up in scanning the answer booklets. After the complaints, the University had to evaluate the exam paper manually. As a result, the declaration of the examination was delayed by several months.
But with advancement in technology, and introduction of sophisticated data evaluation mechanisms, University of Mumbai is hopeful that implementation online answer assessment will help advance the evaluation process of answer scripts.