Mumbai commerce professors too join the coaching class crowd

  • Musab Qazi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2016 23:20 IST

Even though the rules prohibit college teachers from teaching in coaching institutes, there are complaints of professors of commerce colleges running their own private tuitions and coaching classes. Students have alleged their classmates who join these classes are given preferential treatment by professors.

A case in point is a college in Kandivli, which has separate divisions for students who are enrolled with a tutorial. The students are given extra coaching after college hours. Students alleged that some teachers have “threatened” them with lower marks in internal examination, if they don’t join their coaching classes. “They say they control our internal marks. It’s nothing less than mental torture,” said the student.

Similar complaints have been made by students from a college in Virar, who alleged bias in allotting internal marks by one of the teachers. “Students who join the professor’s classes invariably score better. Many a times, the professor would leak the exam questions to these students,” alleged a student from the college.

The principals of both the colleges have denied the allegations. “I don’t think such a thing happens in our college,” said the principal of the Kandivli college. The principal of the college in Virar said, “I have not received any complaint from the students.”

The trend is said to be more prevalent in self-finance courses such as Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (BAF) and Bachelor of Banking and Insurance (BBI). Many teachers associated with several coaching classes confirmed it. “The teachers use internal marks as a weapon against the student,” said a teacher, who used to tutor at several city coaching institutes and colleges as visiting faculty. He said he has been urging students to speak up against these practices and has started a Facebook page called The BAF Act, where students can post their complaints anonymously.

“A majority of the professors in self-finance courses are hired on a contract basis and don’t hold permanent positions. They are paid a meagre salary, forcing them to teach at coaching classes,” said Nikhil Panchal of Nikhil Classes.

However, another tutor, who has been running classes for commerce stream for the past 20 years in the western suburbs, said the trend has spread to “most of the colleges” in the city and suburbs. He said the practice is more evident in interior Maharashtra. “The teachers urge students, very subtly, to join their classes promising them better marks in internal examinations,” he said.

Narendra Bhambwani, vice-president, Maharashtra Class Owners’ Association, said, “It is the responsibility of the college to act against such teachers. The college authorities are tolerating these practices. They should ask all teachers to submit an affidavit saying they are not associated with any private tuition or coaching class.”

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