The University of Mumbai is now probing how Rohinton Mistry’s book Such a Long Journey made it to the syllabus four years ago. But, according to faculty members, the university administration is trying to deflect from the real issue, which is that a book was dropped because of political pressure.
Members of the board of studies of English literature, on Friday, submitted a report to vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar, stating that the book was not originally recommended by the sub-committee that decided books for the SYBA syllabus.
The sub-committee, which comprises three to five members, makes recommendations to the board of studies. Once approved, the board of studies sends it to the academic council for final approval.
“The recommendation was made in the second meeting by a member of the board of studies and we agreed to put it in. Another novel was dropped and it was replaced with this book,” said a teacher, who was part of the board of studies that approved the book.
“The issue is that the university succumbed to a political outfit. How it got into the syllabus has nothing to do with it? The VC is just trying to digress from the real issue,” said a faculty member.
“If there are any irregularities in the manner in which the book was selected, a separate enquiry should be instituted,” said another faculty member.