With the state government yet to bring about clarity on the fate of the Maharashtra Public Universities Bill, colleges seem to be worried about the upcoming examinations. While the Mumbai University (MU) still has an examination council and is running the management council with the help of their permanent members, there still seems to be much reason to worry with important posts including controller of examinations (COE), pro-vice chancellor among others either lying vacant or working on temporary man-power. The practical sessions begin in February and theory in March.
“As of now, everything looks manageable and colleges will even manage to conduct examinations in the next few months but in case there is a problem, there’ll be very few people at the university who could help solve the problem,” said V J Sirwaiya, principal of Wilson College at Charni Road.
He added that for the past few years there have been a number of goof-ups either before or during the examinations and if anything goes wrong during examinations this year, colleges will not know whom to seek help from.
As a stop gap arrangement, the university has now got in touch with the former members of various bodies, including Board of Studies(BoS), to put together the question paper sets as well as for evaluation. “We’ve received letters from the university to temporarily take over our posts and finish the work. Looks like the same syllabus will be continued for the upcoming academic year as there are no permanent members on the BoS,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College in Bandra. She stated that the biggest worry is not having a permanent controller of examination.
The post of controller of examinations (COE) has been lying vacant since August 2015 after Dinesh Bonde quit from the post and at present, a deputy registrar has been given additional duties of the COE.
Interviews that were being conducted to fill this post were abruptly called off this week without citing official reasons.
In October 2015, the TYBCom fifth semester examinations were delayed after it was found that the hall tickets were filled with errors. Colleges had to call the examination council for help as students were informed at the last minute about the change in examination centres.
Several colleges had to accommodate almost double their capacity of students for the first examination.