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VC promises action on credit system, results

On his first day in office, the new Vice-Chancellor, Rajan Welukar, took up two immediate issues — declaration of results, which is long overdue, and the credit system. Kiran Wadhwa reports.

mumbai Updated: Jul 09, 2010 01:17 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

On his first day in office, the new Vice-Chancellor, Rajan Welukar, took up two immediate issues — declaration of results, which is long overdue, and the credit system.

His office sent letters to college principals to send their teachers for evaluation of papers. The BCom results have been delayed by more than a month. University officials said teachers have not shown up for evaluation despite more evaluation centres being set up for their convenience.

About 7,000 final-year BCom papers are yet to be corrected.

“I will also speak to principals and request them to send their teachers. I am sure they will support me,” said Welukar. The VC will also take a call on the credit system, which has been in limbo for the past few months.

While the academic council has approved it for the current academic year, the management council, which gives the final nod, is still to discuss the issue.

“I will finalise a date for a management council meeting. I still have to look through the academic council resolution, but if the resolution approves it from this year, then it will start from this year,” added Welukar.

Welukar was the vice-chancellor of the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University in Nasik, which has followed the credit system since its inception in 1989.

Welukar faces opposition

Several groups are planning to challenge the appointment of Rajan Welukar as the vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai. Welukar has defended himself saying he has been a VC of one of the state universities and has performed to the expectations of his post.

Nilima Deshmukh, a faculty from Nagpur University who had also applied for the post said the search panel was not fair. “Many of us had higher qualifications but weren’t shortlisted. I’m meeting my lawyer tomorrow to decide further course of action.”

“Welukar says his specialisations are in National Social Service and the National Cadet Corps,” said a student group leader.