A new controller of exams and a new registrar were appointed for to the Mumbai university this week. MA Khan, director of the Sydenham Institute of Management Studies will take over as the registrar for a five-year term and Padma Deshmukh, a teacher from CHM College in Ulhasnagar, will take over as the controller of exams.
Advertisements calling for applications to these posts were put out in the first week of February, just before the start of exams, leading to uncertainty about non-permanent officials being in charge during exam season.
The posts of registrar and controller have so far been occupied by officials appointed on a non-permanent basis.
Khan has applied to the government to relieve him from his duties as director of Sydenham before he can take over as registrar. This will take about five days. “I will focus on good governance and quality and try to ensure that there are no lapses,” said Khan.
However, this may be easier said than done. Already, university exams have been plagued by a number of goof-ups, including typos, papers not adding up to 100 marks and wrong question papers being given to students.
Administrative bungles could also persist, with the university yet to fill the posts of four deputy and 12 assistant registrars, which have already been advertised.
Also, the term of the pro vice chancellor ends on May 31, and it is unclear what will happen next. “Time will tell,” said Naresh Chandra, the current pro vice chancellor, when asked whether his term would be extended.
Reports of errors continued to come in meanwhile, with a seven-mark question found to be wrong in Thursday's in a third year accounting and finance paper. The university later guided colleges on the correct figure. “The important thing is that the correction was communicated to everyone,” said Chandra. “Where the paper setters made errors, appropriate action will be taken.”
Principals said there were several small errors this year, but that this kind of thing happened every year. "Last year people were bothered about the paper leaks so these smaller errors didn’t come to light as much," said an official.