Members of the Student Action Front Union, Kalyan, protested against the Mumbai University on Tuesday for its failure to open a sub-centre that was inaugurated in 2011.
The centre at Mauje-Gandhare in Kalyan (West) has been under construction since 2006, a source said. The students have been demanding the facility for over a decade claiming that for every university-related work, they either visit its Churchgate or Kalina campus, which is time consuming. The varsity authorities had promised to open the centre in June 2014. “We protested against the varsity’s failure to open the sub-centre. It is the need of the hour. Though the centre was inaugurated six years ago, the authorities have missed multiple deadlines to open,” said Prashant Ingle, president of Student Action Front Union.
The students called off their strike after the university authorities met them.
“The authorities have assured us of starting engineering and distance-learning courses at the sub-centre. They have also arranged a meeting with the VC on May 11. Besides courses, we also want the varsity to start administrative work also at the sub-centre. We will protest again if our demands are not met,” said Ingle.
Last week, vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh had assured to open the facility before the commencement of the upcoming academic year.
“The only work pending if related to plumbing following which we’ll receive completion certificate (CC) from the civic body. We have plans to start the facility from this academic year itself,” said a varsity official.