Terming it a violation of rules, the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU) has filed a writ petition at the Bombay High Court against the University of Mumbai for revealing the identities of examiners and moderators on a public platform. The union is referring to a list of 9,500 names of teachers made public by the university for an on-going teacher training programme in digital assessment.
“Revealing names and identities of those who assess papers for the university is against the law, and in fact there’s a Supreme Court order on the same lines. Such an act may cause potential interference in the examination process and such information is even exempted from disclosure under the RTI Act,” said Madhu Paranjape, general secretary, BUCTU.
For the process of training all teachers in on-screen assessment of papers, MU had sought information of all examiners and moderators from affiliated colleges in order to formulate a training schedule for all. The training took place across 50 centres between April 24 and 27 and a list of all the examiners, with respect to their training information, was revealed on the MU website for the benefit of all participants.
The petition, which was filed earlier this month, highlights two points: where the identity of examiners is revealed by MU and where questions have been raised against MU’s decision to hire “inexperienced and unapproved persons on hourly basis” to work as examiners. “This is clear violation of the university statutes,” said Paranjape and added that the petition came up for hearing on April 25. “The court has directed MU to file their reply at the earliest,” he added.