Senate members of the University of Mumbai want the state government to reconsider the new ordinance that demands higher qualifications for becoming a member of the senate.
In September 2009, the state passed an ordinance that the members of governing bodies — such as the senate, management and academic councils, who take decisions on all university and colleges issues — must have a PhD.
The ordinance also states that deans of faculty must have published at least three research papers in respected national or international journals and should be PhD guides.
On Friday, senate members passed a resolution to appoint a committee to appeal to the state to withdraw the ordinance.
“The ordinance is an attempt to kill the spirit of democracy in the university and the state is putting unnecessary conditions. There are not enough PhDs in the university,” said Vaibhav Narawade, a senate member.
Many senate members said that PhD is not part of their qualification, and the new amendment is aimed at keeping them away from university activities.
Some argued that there are no qualifications specified for ministers who run the country; so why should there be any for university governing body members. The university committee, which is headed by the chancellor’s nominee to the senate, Vispi Ballaporia, will meet the chief minister before the Assembly session concludes and ask him to withdraw the ordinance immediately.
The University of Mumbai’s senate election is scheduled for August.
Until now, college lecturers, principals and university professors, merely needed a master’s degree and some teaching experience to be on varsity bodies. The state’s ordinance also makes it mandatory for representatives of college managements to have 10 years’ experience after graduation, and to be from institutes recognised by the University Grants Commission.
“While India is talking about representation of the youth in all fields such restricting steps are derogatory in nature,’’ said Dilip Karande, another senate member.