Many colleges under the University of Mumbai (MU) have postponed the final year online examinations of Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) programmes due to the sudden power failure experienced across the city on Monday. On the other hand, some colleges have tried to continue conducting exams online till 2 pm by giving extra time to students.
Cluster colleges in South Mumbai such as KC College, Jai Hind College and HR College at Churchgate and Wilson College, Charni Road postponed their exams due to the power failure. Hemlata Bagla, principal of KC College who is the cluster head of colleges in Churchgate, sent a note to all students and faculty stating, "All students are hereby informed that due to the massive power breakdown all over Maharashtra and as the extent and time of power outage can't be assessed, all UG and PG examination are being rescheduled to Sunday, October 18, 2020. The timings will remain the same."
Cluster colleges in Bandra have also postponed the final year exams due to the electricity supply failure. Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew's College, Bandra West said, "We have been informed by our cluster head college to postpone and reschedule exams to be conducted on Monday. We have postponed exams to avoid inconvenience to students and have rescheduled the exams to October 15 after all our exams are completed."
But a few colleges in Andheri west and Vile Parle west cluster have continued to conduct the exams on Monday, till 2 pm if possible. A senior professor of the cluster university in Vile Parle west said, "We have not postponed the exams because most students appear on the smartphones and do not require a steady electric or WiFi connection. We are also giving extra time to students so that they can appear for the exam in case they face any difficulty. Also, we will conduct a re-exam for those students who could not appear due to the power failure."
The MU has not released any specific notification yet because it has decentralised the examination process.