Mumbai: Teachers’ boycott disrupts TYBSc practicals

The ongoing college teachers’ boycott of exams hit the third-year BSc practical exams on Monday, with students being sent home from certain colleges.

Exams were cancelled at some of the city’s reputable institutions such as Jai Hind College, Sathaye College, Ruparel College and Kirti College.

Despite the teachers’ unions refusing to do any work related to exams since last month, the university had insisted that Monday’s exams proceed as scheduled.

Practicals on Friday had gone off smoothly, but teachers had threatened to boycott work on Monday.

The university claimed that the exams were successfully completed in 46 of the 62 designated colleges.

Officials said more than 65% of students were able to take Monday’s exams and those who could not appear for the practicals will be given an alternate date.

Teachers, however, said that in some colleges, exams were conducted flouting university rules, with not enough teachers present.

Around 5,000 students were to appear for the exams.

“Students have been put through much harassment and stress,” said Madhu Paranjape, general secretary of the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union and a Kirti College teacher.

“Certain officials have misled the university. Teachers are not willing to conduct exams. If they continue in this manner, it is going to cause more mental agony for the students.”

 

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