After registrar, another top Mumbai varsity official quits

Anil Patil, director, academic planning and development, was appointed by vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh two years ago

mumbai Updated: Oct 24, 2017 10:33 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
Anil Patil, director, academic planning and development, has resigned. (HT photo )

After registrar MA Khan quit the University of Mumbai (MU) amid the examination mess in August, Anil Patil, director, academic planning and development has resigned.

Two years ago, Patil was appointed director, Board of College and University Development (BCUD), by vice-chancellor (V-C) Sanjay Deshmukh. While the statutory post was abolished after Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016 came into effect in March, he continued to work under his new designation.

Patil was the last of the top brass that led the university when it switched from the traditional pen-and-paper method of assessment to on-screen marking system. The decision caused a huge delay in the results as university staff and teachers took time to get used to the new system.

Patil, who was appointed on deputation for a five-year term, said he resigned to resume his original post as principal of JSM College in Alibaug. “After the new Act was introduced, my lien period was shortened to October 31. My term as principal will last until December 31,” he said.

An MU official said Patil may have resumed his original post for better pension. “He must have realised that he doesn’t hold a government-aided post any longer,” he said.

However, a professor said Patil was being sidelined by new officials at MU. “Patil is known to be close to Deshmukh, who was forced to go on leave by governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao after the university failed to meet the July 31 deadline for declaring results,” said the professor.

Following the assessment fiasco, the governor appointed Shivaji University, Kolhapur V-C Devanand Shinde as acting V-C and Dhiren Patel, director of Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Matunga, as acting pro V-C at MU.

Arjun Ghatule, controller of examination at Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), replaced Deepak Wasave as in-charge director, board of examination and evaluation.

Registrar MA Khan was relieved of his duties after he was appointed as chief executive officer of Haj Committee of India.

First Published: Oct 24, 2017 10:33 IST