As per a recently released circular of Mumbai University, any Engineering student who has illegible or poor handwriting may face strict consequences by receiving zero marks during assessment of the answer sheet.
A notice, as a part of examination guidelines, was released on 20 November to make students aware about the recently introduced new online assessment process.
The answer sheets of engineering students who will write the exam this month are to be evaluated online now, and this process is a pilot project.
This process of answer sheet assessment may be extended to other faculties in the next semester-end exams.
Total of 9 guidelines have been listed by the University for the students. If the examiners are unable to understand handwriting, the student is responsible to receive 0 marks and thus students should make a note of it, mentioned the circular.
The other significant point to be noted was to make use of black ball pen to avoid the staining the backside of answer sheets, as the paper will be scanned, uploaded and be assessed online. Upon this the students told that they were not informed in advance.
A student retaliated by keeping a point that we engineering students are tested on the basis of subject understanding and not their writing skills.
Another student who repeated final year and sat in the examination on November 25 told that the students were not duly informed about the use of only black ball pen, and later to half an hour of the commence of exam they announced of making use of the ball pen.
Padma Deshmukh, Controller of examination told, that the administration want the students to write legibly as in many cases handwriting is problematic to interpret and it wastes teachers time as well give a hard time to assess the answer-sheets in a proper manner.
She, though, mentioned that no examiner shall give zero marks for illegible handwriting and the guideline was supplied to certain that students make efforts to write clearly.