Mumbai University has conducted its first online viva successfully for an engineering student, Rupali Patil. The student belonged to electronics and telecommunications engineering branch and was registered at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, her resource centre.

Rupali has become the first MU student to be conferred the doctorate degree in an online open defence viva during the lockdown. She appeared for the viva to defend her PhD thesis in front of examiners from IIT Bombay and Jondhale College of Engineering on May 27, 2020.

As interviewed by TOI she said, “I had not expected to have the viva on an online platform. But it went smooth. I was asked around 12-14 questions by the external examiners. It went on for a good one and a half hours.”

Rupali Patil is doing research on ‘Documented Signal retrieval and Identification’ under her guide Ramesh Karandikarfrom KJ Somaiya College of Engineering. She will be known in history now for being the first student to have appeared and cleared the viva for PhD.

Her research would be beneficial in weather forecasting and meteorological aspects.

Mumbai University followed all the UGC guidelines to conduct the online viva for students.  It would also be conducting viva for 8 subjects more in science and technology and also four subjects in anthropology within a few days. The university has recently cancelled all the semester exams in the state for all batches except last semester in various courses and would be promoting students based on internal assessment. Candidates are advised to follow the official website of Mumbai University for updates. 


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