Country’s premier varsity, Mumbai University has directed all the university-affiliated colleges to provide grace marks to the students who will be appearing for the final semester examinations. The university has asked the colleges to give grace marks in the online examinations in the MSC format whenever required consulting with the lead colleges in their respective clusters.
The decision was taken after many of the college principals felt that it is necessary to give grace marks despite being contentious as the students are appearing for the exams in a new format for the first time. Other college principals however have stated that the university could have issued broader uniform guidelines for the conduct of the examinations.
One of the teachers stated that the students are scared of the examination pattern further adding that the MCQ exam is a completely different format.
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With the classes being conducted online it is possible that the students might have forgotten certain concepts adding that 10 percent failure was noted in the first few backlog examinations and not many students have scored above 40 out of 50 marks.
According to a circular released by the university statutory grace marks will be given to the students only if they clear the exams. The grace marks are not more than 1 percent of the aggregate marks and not more than 5 marks in any subject. Students participating in the NCC, NSS, and other inter-university cultural or sports programmes are also eligible for grace marks.