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Mumbai blackout: Mumbai University’s final-year examination postponed

12:21 AM Oct 13, 2020 | Ronald Rodrigues

Several colleges under University of Mumbai (MU) postponed their final-year online examinations of undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programmes on Monday due to the power grid failure across the city. Degree colleges under various clusters in South Mumbai, Dadar and Bandra rescheduled the examinations. Some colleges in Vile Parle and Andheri continued to conduct the examinations till 2 pm by giving extra time to the students.

Students who were preparing to appear for their ongoing final-year examinations online from their homes faced inconvenience starting from 10 am due to the power grid failure. Ujwala Potdar, a final-year student, said, “I could not use my Wi-Fi because there was no electricity. I tried to appear for the examination at 11 am using my smartphone, but the phone's battery charge was just 25 per cent. I am relieved that my examination has been postponed."

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Colleges in South Mumbai, such as Kishinchand Chellaram College (KC) College, Jai Hind College and Hassaram Rijhumal (HR) College at Churchgate and Wilson College, Charni Road, postponed their examinations due to the power grid failure. Hemlata Bagla, principal of KC College, who is the cluster head of colleges in Churchgate, said, “All the students are hereby informed that due to the massive power breakdown all over Maharashtra and as the extent and time of power cut can't be assessed, all UG and PG examinations are being rescheduled to Sunday, October 18, 2020. The timings will remain the same.”

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Cluster colleges in Bandra also postponed the examinations. Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew's College, Bandra (west) said, “We were informed by our cluster head college to postpone and reschedule all the examinations to Monday. We have postponed the examinations to avoid inconvenience to students and have rescheduled it to October 15.”

Zarine Bhathena, principal of Bhavan's College, Andheri (west), which is the lead college managing 16 colleges in its cluster, said, “We held the examinations because some colleges in our cluster were able to do so. But some students of certain colleges were not able to appear for the examination. We will take a decision whether to conduct re-examination based on the report of the examination committee."

Bhathena added, "We have informed the department heads of various colleges to contact students to find out how many of them faced issues due to the power grid failure. In a worst-case scenario, we will hold a re-examination."

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