Mumbai University issues Second Circular for Online Final Year Exams
Mumbai University issued a second circular on Monday morning, September 13, 2020, that elaborately stated the role of affiliate and cluster colleges under Mumbai University.
With less than a week left for Mumbai University to begin online final year exams, the varsity released a second set of circular to clarify all the doubts raised by affiliated colleges.
Meanwhile, the affiliated colleges are struggling with the new regulations in order to conduct online exams in MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) format. As a result, the varsity released a set of guidelines that focus on addressing the many queries of Mumbai University affiliated colleges. Check circular here.
MU circular signed by the controller of examination, Vinod Patil, reads, “The concept of a lead or cluster college is to bring together a group of affiliated colleges in a given geographical region offering similar programs (arts, commerce, science, engineering, pharmacy, etc) and facilitate the synchronisation and coordination with respect to the execution of various academic and examination work.”
Earlier, MU clarified that final year exams will be held in MCQ format from October 1-17. As a fact, the varsity finally issued guidelines for final year examinations in more than 750 affiliated colleges.
It clarifies, questions for regular candidates will have to be framed based on the syllabus taught till March 13, 2020. For backlog candidates, question papers have to be based on complete syllabus.
The circular further says, “MCQ papers will comprise of 25-40 questions, to be chosen as per the requirement of the subject, and this one hour paper will carry a maximum 50 marks.
Sample MCQs should be prepared and provided to develop the understanding of exam patterns for students and mock tests too should be conducted for the purpose of practice.”
The exam schedule of MU states, for repeater candidates, theory exam will begin on September 25 while practical exams on September 15. For regular candidates, exams are slated to take place between October 1-15, 2020.
Teachers suggest cluster colleges need to divide work and then set the question banks so that questions are not repeated.
A Professor at a suburban college said, “We have been asked to put together a question bank of 250 questions for every subject, and I alone teach four subjects across two departments so the total workload is immense for the time we have in hand before exams for repeater candidates begins.”