Amid assessment mess, Maharashtra government replaces Mumbai University exam head
Arjun Ghatule, controller of examination at Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), has been appointed as the in-charge director, board of examination and evaluation, for three months or until MU appoints a full time director.mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2017 01:47 IST
Mumbai: The state government on Wednesday replaced the head of the University of Mumbai’s examination department. The move comes at a time when the university is still struggling to declare results.
Arjun Ghatule, controller of examination at Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), has been appointed as the in-charge director, board of examination and evaluation, for three months or until MU appoints a full time director. Ghatule has replaced Deepak Wasave, who served as the temporary head of the department for the past two years.
A week earlier, governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who is the chancellor of all public universities in the state, sent MU V-C Sanjay Deshmukh on an indefinite leave and appointed the V-C of Shivaji University, Kolhapur in his place. Dhiren Patel, director of Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Matunga, was appointed acting pro V-C.
The change in guard at MU comes with the delay in declaring results, caused by the varsity’s decision to overhaul the evaluation system and adopt an on-screen assessment process. For a long time, MU couldn’t appoint an agency and the technical glitches continue to get in the way of results. The governor had set July 31 as the deadline to declare all results. But the university failed to meet it.
From paper leaks to delayed results, the examination department has been a sore spot for MU. In the past seven years, it has had seven controllers - the term allowed for the position being five years. Even in the past two years, Wasave has put in his papers multiple times, once a few days ago, but his resignation was never accepted.
The post has been lying vacant for two years, since the then controller Vinod Bhonde resigned in August 2015, before his term ended. In this period, the university has twice held interviews for the position, in October 2015 and August 2016, but couldn’t fill it.
First Published: Aug 17, 2017 01:47 IST