Marked Absent by MU, Student Emerges a Topper Upon Re-evaluation

This year, Mumbai University was heavily criticised for delaying results by months.

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Results of lakhs of students were delayed this year after the Mumbai University shifted to online assessment.

The last few months have been a roller coaster ride for all Mumbai University students. First, results were delayed, then papers were misplaced and now students still await their re-evaluation marks. But the goof up in Parshva Bhankaria’s case is perhaps the most embarassing for the varsity.

Bhankaria, a law student at Government Law College in Mumbai, was initially marked absent in four papers but after re-evaluation has emerged as one of the toppers.

Parshva Bhankaria’s final semester score was found to be 71.75 percent. Parshva sent his result for re-evaluation after he was marked absent in four subjects in his sixth and final semester.

Parshva Bhankaria received his re-evaluated marks just a day before Diwali.
Parshva Bhankaria received his re-evaluated marks just a day before Diwali.
Photo courtesy: Parshva Bhankaria
When I found out that I was marked absent, I went to the examination centre and collected evidence that I was present there. I then wrote an application to the VC and other staff. Then they found my papers and checked them. It took about 30 to 40 days before I got my marks. 
Parshva Bhankaria, student

Making it clear that he had no intentions of taking any legal action against Mumbai University, Bhankaria told The Quint, “It’s not that they (Mumbai University) are not ready to help you. But they are in a mess because of the decision taken by the higher authorities and they are working to help every student, not just me.”

Bhankaria has already applied to many colleges in India and abroad to pursue his masters degree in Law, but due to the delay in Mumbai University results this year, he has crossed the deadline for many colleges he was looking forward.

I’m keeping my options open in India and outside. Since I have missed out on the deadline for many colleges, I will secure whatever I get first and then let’s see.
Parshva Bhankaria, student

Like Parshva, hundreds of students who were marked absent or received failing marks have sent their papers for re-evaluation and are still waiting for their results.

Twenty five-year-old Rehan Rehman Momin, another student at Government Law College, has sent his paper for re-evaluation after he and 114 other students from his college received similar failing marks in one subject.

I received 24 in one subject. Along with at least 114 other students, I sent my paper for re-evaluation but it’s been 45 days and there’s no sign of results yet. They gave failing marks to almost everyone in my college in that subject. But given the delay in results, we wrote to our Principal, but there’s no word on the marks yet. 
Rehan Momin, LLB student at Government Law College

Rehan too was marked absent in four papers in his fourth and fifth semester. With no sign of results yet, students brace themselves for a drop year before they can pursue a higher degree.

Deepak Shelar, another LLB student from Government Law College waiting for his updated result, is still unsure whether he will be eligible to apply for an LLM degree this year.

I have seen my name in the provisional admission list, but the other lists are already out and admissions are done. Unless I receive my results quickly, I’ll miss classes.
Deepak Shelar, LLB student at Government Law College 

This year, Mumbai University was heavily criticised for delaying results by months. Due to the University’s implementation of digital evaluation, many answer sheets went missing, causing students to be marked absent in these subjects.

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