The Mumbai University does not have any information on the colleges who do not have full-time principals. This despite a Supreme Court deadline to fill up vacant principal posts within six months.
An Right to Information (RTI) application by the student wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) revealed this information. While the university has an account of the colleges with full-time principals, it replied to the RTI saying that in-charge principals are only for a period of six months to a year so they do not have the information.
The MNS has now written to the university vice chancellor.
“There is a Supreme Court deadline but still the university is clueless. Even the results are delayed. We have written about all these issues and sent it to the authorities concerned,” said Sainath Durge from the MNS student wing.
When contacted university officials said that they have received the letter and will look into the issue. Around 1870 principal posts are vacant across the 13 universities in the state.
Colleges said that there is a dearth of suitable applicants. Principals have to have had at least ten years of teaching experience and a Ph.D according to the University Grants Commission regulations. Also, the sixth pay commission has doubled the salaries of principals to Rs 80,000, making it expensive.