Mumbai: Commerce students of MU are in a fix. Even though their results are announced, the university has put them in reserve as they have been marked absent in various papers. Mumbai University (MU) sources revealed that this error was caused as some of the answer sheets were assessed offline despite the entire process was ought to be completed online with the new On-Screen Marking (OSM) online assessment system.

Some papers were assessed offline to speed up and compensate for the time consumed at the CAP (Central Assessment Programme) centres. A senior MU official said, “Even though the entire assessment was online there were few papers that were checked offline by the teachers. This move was initiated as there was a lack of teachers initially and the online process was too slow due to technical glitches.”

“Now that the papers are checked through different methods, it is difficult to track the papers therefore results of some students are held in reserve (Result Resrve RR) while that of others of the same course are declared,” Arjun Ghatule, the new acting head of examination, said. But the sources said, “The students have been marked absent because the papers were checked offline. Some of the papers were not scanned or uploaded correctly while some were misplaced.”

Students of St Andrew’s, KC and Sophia colleges are mostly affected. Marie Fernandes, Principal of St Andrew’s College, said, “Results of around 38 students have been put in reserve.” Hemlata Bagla, Principal of KC College, said, “We have directed our students to the university with a letter to enquire this error immediately.”

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