PG, LLB admissions set to be delayed this year again

MUMBAI: Just like last year, admissions to postgraduate courses and three-year LLBwill be delayed, and may commence only by July-end or in August, reducing the academic term by a few months. The reason: The Mumbai University’s online assessment of undergraduate exam answer-scripts is still moving at a snail’s pace, which means the results are unlikely to be out before July-end.

While admissions to courses such as MA, MCom and MSc will be conducted at the university level, it’s a centralised process—at the state level—for professional courses, such as three-year LLB and MBA.

The scorecards of students who appeared for CET for the three-year LLB were released on Friday evening. However, they will have to wait for merit ranks as the ranks are generated using their UG marks. Marks in the undergraduate courses are used as tie-breakers, when many students get identical marks in the CET.

While last year law admissions were delayed owing to teething problems in the first-ever CET, this year the delayed Mumbai University results is likely to to be the reason.

An official from the state’s CET cell said the registration process for colleges will start within a week. Registration for students is likely to start from June-end, but in case of three-year LLB, aspirants will have to wait longer. The official said the delay in the announcement of university results could delay their admission process too.

Similarly, admissions to other courses offered by the varsity, such as MA, MCom and MSc, will be delayed as the process will start only after the UG results are out.

The varsity will also introduce MA in archaeology from the next academic year and has decided to set up a department of archaeology soon.

A principal from a south Mumbai college said admissions to PG courses offered not only by MU, but colleges elsewhere in the country and abroad will be affected. “Some colleges that are aware about the delays here may give our students some grace period, but others won’t,” said the principal. Last year, admissions were delayed on account of late results. “Late admissions give the teachers very short period to complete their syllabus. In fact, students are forced to take the first semester test within a very short period,” said a teacher.

The delay may not affect MBA/MMS admissions as mar-ksheets are not needed for the ce-ntralised process. Students are only required to submit marksh-eets before August 10, failing wh-ich their admissions will stand cancelled, said an DTE official.
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