Dissolved senate, vacant top posts at Mumbai varsity worry students

  • Apoorva Puranik, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:28 IST

The top two positions at the Mumbai university after the post of the vice-chancellor – the pro-vice chancellor and the director of board of university and college development (BCUD) are vacant. The other key post of the controller of examinations is occupied by an ad-hoc appointee.

With only a month to go for the fifth semester examinations, the absence of senior administrative officials has students and colleges worried.

Dates for the exams, scheduled in October, are yet to be released, despite the vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh promising a smooth process this time. This has led to fears of them clashing with first- and second-year exams.

“Many students are still waiting for their mark sheets and revaluation results for the last year’s exams. There has been no word on the tentative dates of the fifth semester examination. This lack of information is making it difficult for us to plan the college academic calendar,” said the principal of a south Mumbai college, requesting anonymity.

The university’s senate and the grievance cell were dissolved in August.

With the state postponing the new elections till 2016, students said the absence of statutory bodies means they have nowhere to go with their complaints.

Former senate members, too, have objected to the university functioning without essential bodies and authorities.

“It has been two months since the new vice-chancellor was appointed, but he has not appointed a pro-vice chancellor or BCUD director yet. Without a senate, the entire university is being run by Deshmukh,which leaves a wide scope for glitches and delays,” said Sudhakar Tamboli, a former senate member.

University registrar MA Khan said appointment to all the vacant posts is at the vice-chancellor’s discretion and will be done soon. “Students need not worry. All the departments are working smoothly and the absence of statutory bodies is because of the impending amendment of the Maharashtra Universities Act. There will be no delay in exams and the date will be announced soon,” he said.

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