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3 lakh papers left to correct, Mumbai university set to miss July 31 deadline

The results that should have been announced within 45 days of the exams, held from March to May, have been delayed by almost three months

mumbai Updated: Jul 30, 2017 01:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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On July 4, Ch Vidyasagar Rao summoned Sanjay Deshmukh and ordered him to ensure all results were declared by July 31(HT)

A day after promising legislators he would convey their demand to dismiss University of Mumbai (MU) vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh to the governor, state education minister Vinod Tawde met Ch Vidyasagar Rao — governor and chancellor of all universities in the state — to discuss the inordinate delay in declaring results of 427 examinations.

The results that should have been announced within 45 days of the exams, held from March to May, have been delayed by almost three months. On July 4, Rao summoned Deshmukh and ordered him to ensure all results were declared by July 31. An independent officer was also appointed to monitor the assessment and report to the governor and state daily. Now, with two days left and the university yet to check 3.35 lakh papers, Deshmukh is likely to go after the results are declared.

According to a source, the governor reviewed the assessment of papers and also enquired about the probe initiated by the state.

Tawde said the tenders for online assessment of answer papers were issued only after the exams were over. “We will investigate the manner in which the online system was put in place,” Tawde said. The government is also facing flak as colleges had to be shut for days to let teachers assess papers.

Meanwhile, the Oppostion stepped up pressure on the government to sack Deshmukh. Demanding the governor’s resignation on moral grounds, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the government is ignoring experience and efficiency over ideology while making crucial appointments. “Those who believe in the ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are preferred and this is the real reason for all the mess ,” Sawant alleged.

Sanjay Nirupam, Mumbai chief alleged a scam in appointing a private agency for the digital assessment of answer papers. “Some senior BJP leaders are having financial interests in the company and thus it was chosen for the job,” Nirupam said.

In another significant development on Saturday, Rao terminated the services of Dr Raviprakash Dani, vice- chancellor of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University, Akola , over complaints about his nationality.

“Dr Dani is not an Indian national and is having a US citizenship. After receiving complaints over his nationality, the governor ordered a probe. He sought the opinions of the advocate general and ministry of external affairs,” said a senior Raj Bhavan official.

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First Published: Jul 30, 2017 01:11 IST