Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mumbai University has earned 8 Crores in Revaluations and Photocopies of Exam papers in 3 years.

Mumbai University:File Photo
How would you feel if something you had worked really hard has been held back just so that the institution could make some money through it. Recently, through a Right To Information (RTI) application, It came to light that the University of Mumbai made Rs 7.52crore in fees to re-evaluate answer sheets and Rs 41lakh making photocopies of the answer sheets in the last three years. According to the authorities from MU, the amount is high because the number of students who apply for re-evaluation every semester is also high. It must be understood that re-evaluation or asking for Photocopies by the student is not done by the students as a luxury but because there are doubts whether the paper was checked correctly.
Numbers that matters

RTI revealed that the university made Rs 2.67 crore between April 2013 and March 2014 for the re-evaluation of answer sheets and Rs 15.63 lakh for photocopies of the answer books. In the next two academic sessions, the re-evaluation fees stood Rs 4.8 crore and Rs 25.3 lakh for photocopies. Mumbai University charges Rs 100 per subject for photocopies of answer booklet and Rs 500 per subject for review.
Sometimes there are very thin differences
According to Mumbai University Officials, “Since 2010, two sessions of examinations are conducted every year, and MU conducts more than 426 examinations, with 2.5-3 lakh students appearing for examinations in each term. These numbers will obviously show up in the fee collected, but that doesn’t mean we are cheating students.” 
Despite whatever the numbers showing up, there should be something to improve the standards of correcting papers
Other Universities also charges students
Mumbai University is not the only educational institution that has a dubious earning from re-evaluation. Recently, a reply to RTI revealed that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is also not following the RTI norms. Students who intend to verify their marks would have to pay a fee of Rs. 300. Also, to obtain a copy of the answer book, an additional fee of Rs. 700 would have to be paid.
A landmark ruling of the Supreme Court of India in 2011, states that evaluated Answer-sheets of candidates is Information under Right to Information Act, 2005. But CBSE doesn’t follow the Supreme Court’s ruling and according to CBSE students who intend to verify their marks would have to pay a fee of Rs. 300. Also, to obtain a copy of the answer book, an additional fee of Rs. 700 would have to be paid.
Two law students, Kumar Shanu and Paras Jain, have filed a Contempt Petition against Chairman of CBSE before the Supreme Court of India.
There are enough pressures already
There are already added responsibilities of Exams and their result, but giving doubts on results is just another pressure for students. Once a student decides to send a paper for revaluation or photocopy it means another long wait for the final result neglecting the facts that there are lots of form fillings for the process. Even after the result of recheck if there are any mistakes that are corrected, the students are put into another race of filling forms, chasing university in order to get their updated mark sheets. There should be check in this issue, the expenditure of education is high for a lot of students, ruining someone’s future due to miscalculations or poor evaluations is an offence maybe unintended but then charging students for correcting someone else mistake is in a way a money looting method through legal terms. It should be also noted that despite the Supreme Court verdict that asking for re-evaluation and photocopy comes under Right to Information, Universities are not following that rule.

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