Campuses let in students after 4 months for HSC marksheets

MUMBAI: After four months of the lockdown, on Friday, several city colleges opened their campuses to allow HSC students to collect their marksheets and leaving certificates. Although some were worried about calling students on campus amid the pandemic, the process was smooth at several institutions.

While some colleges plan to distribute the documents over the weekend, many others will be calling their students in batches in the coming week. While the university has not made the scanned copies of marksheets mandatory, colleges have been getting requests from students seeking admissions elsewhere.

St Xavier’s College managed to distribute the marksheets to almost 80% students on Friday. The rest will collect these on Tuesday, said principal Rajendra Shinde. Students or parents were called in batches of 20-25 during different time slots. “We had to seek help from a few staff members to ensure social distancing norms were followed,” said Shinde. Soumya Shajan, a science student, said they did not have to wait for more than five minutes to collect the documents. “I was allowed to collect my friend’s marksheets too after submitting a photo and an authorisation letter.”

At N M College, too, the distribution was carried out smoothly in batches. Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal at Kelkar College in Mulund, said they plan to call students over eight days, starting Tuesday. “We have over 1,500 HSC students and there is no other option but to distribute the marksheets. There have been requests from students seeking admissions in private universities and some who are seeking admissions abroad. But we have asked students seeking in-house admissions to collect their marksheets later,” said Joshi. Each day will be divided in two batches of 100 students, he said. Temperatures of students will be checked and masks will be compulsory on campus.

K C College students got a mail on Friday asking them to fill a Google form with their personal details and address. In the mail, the college said marksheets and leaving certificates will be sent via speed post. Other principals were worried about damage to documents in the post.

D G Ruparel College plans to call students on Sunday and Monday, but many have already informed they would be collecting their documents later, said principal Tushar Desai. The college expects just 50% of the students to collect the marksheets.

Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind College, said they plan to distribute marksheets next week. The university has reiterated e-statements of marks can be accepted by colleges, in the absence of physical marksheets.

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