The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Saturday made its presence felt inside the University of Mumbai premises for the second time this week, but the latest trespass was non-violent and only proved how easy it was to enter an examination assessment centre, and it forced an announcement out of the government.
Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope said he would on Monday appoint a committee to go into the loopholes in the system and suggest reforms.
He added that he would also look into the security lapse, in which at 1.15 pm MNS student wing vice-president Durgesh Sainath (28) entered the CAP centre, where answer papers are corrected, on the Kalina campus.
On Tuesday, MNS student wing activists had vandalised the Registrar’s office at the Fort campus to protest against making languages in first-year optional.
Sainath posed as a professor to enter the CAP centre, where first-year Master of Computer Applications papers were being corrected.
“I introduced myself as the professor from Vivekananda College and the clerk, without checking my identity, handed me a bunch of papers,” said Sainath. “I sat there for some 20 minutes before slipping out with some papers in my bag.” The MNS
called the media, took photographs and submitted the papers back to the university.
“We are investigating the matter and corrective measures will be taken,” said University Pro Vice-Chancellor A.D. Sawant.