Thousands of students appearing for their exams on Wednesday had a tough time reaching their centres as services on CR remained crippled.
College students appearing for university exams were stranded for hours at various stations on Central and Harbour lines. While many of them managed to reach their exam centres late, some had to miss their exams as they couldn’t make it in time.
Harshad Patil, an MSc (Zooloogy) student of SIES college and a resident of Dombivali, was one of those who missed his exam. “I left home at 8 am for the 11 am exam at Ruparel college, Matunga. I had to wait for a train for over an hour-and-a-half. Finally, when I got a train at 9.45 am, it stopped at Nahur station. I then got off there and took an autorickshaw. I somehow reached Sion at 1.30 pm. I have now written to the exam department of Mumbai University to conduct a re-exam,” said Patil.
“I reached the exam centre an hour late, but the supervisor at the exam centre allowed me to appear for the exam and I was also provided extra time,” said Mansi Menon, a TYBA student.
Gayathri Narayan, vice principal of SIES College of Science and Arts in Sion, said, “We immediately contacted the university and officials told us to allow students to appear for the exam even if they were an hour late. Normally, we don’t allow students if they are late beyond half-an-hour. The paper started at 11 am, but we allowed students who reached till 12.45 pm. They were also given extra time.”Mumbai University has now scheduled an emergency meeting of its Board of Examination (BoE) on Thursday to discuss if a re-exam is needed. “We are gathering data on how many students were affected by the problem on Wednesday, especially the number of students who missed their exams. Members of BoE will then decided whether a re-exam would be conducted for these students,” said in-charge controller of examination (CoE) S M Suryavanshi.