A week after Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) activists allegedly ransacked the registrar’s office at the University of Mumbai, the management council (MC) suggested that two students’ wings MNVS and Samatavadi Chhatrabharati be banned from interacting with authorities for a year.
The MNVS is the student wing of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
“There was a suggestion that the office bearers must not meet the student bodies for one year,” said Vice-Chancellor Vijay Khole. “However, before taking the final decisions and minutes of the meeting are drafted, I will take legal opinion. The decision will be conveyed in the next MC meeting.”
The meeting was held following two incidents within a week with the varsity pointing that the students’ organisations were involved.
On January 27, members of the two students’ bodies allegedly ransacked the registrar’s office damaging property worth Rs 65,000.
On January 31, MNVS vice-president Durgesh Sainath entered the exam hall at Kalina campus under the guise of a professor and brought out answer sheets, indicating security lapse.
University officials claimed that the breach in the exam hall was in connivance with Professor Vaibhav Narawde, a senate member, who was allegedly spotted with Sainath.
Narawde claimed he wasn’t present in the exam hall. “University officials didn’t even call me before filing an FIR. They have gone as per what the staff has claimed. I got to know my name was making the rounds only when certain section of media got in touch with me.”
Pro Vice-Chancellor A.D. Sawant said: “Security will be tightened and rules will be strictly followed. It won’t function in good faith any more.”
After finishing lectures in their respective colleges, examiners are allowed to walk into the exam hall at any part of the day for assessment work. Also unaided courses like BMM, BMS, et al are dependent on visiting faculty to assess answer sheets. University officials will request the state for sanction to fill up about 600 grant-in-aid posts.
“Appointment letters cannot be given to the visiting faculty because they are permanently appointed by the college. But we had to request them so as to ensure that results are declared on time,” said Sawant. “I will meet principals to take stock of the situation. No examiner will be allowed to check papers without appointment letters or identity cards. This will delay results.”