Lights, camera, satire: Mumbai University students voice their woes in parody video
After delayed results, Mumbai University students question VC’s decision of online assessmentmumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2017 01:31 IST
After a parody song by RJ Malishka about the potholes on Mumbai streets went viral, students at the University of Mumbai are using musical satire to draw attention to mismanagement at the institution.
Members of Ambedkar Students Association (Mumbai) recently released a satire on the status of answer paper assessment conducted by the university, questioning the vice chancellor’s claims of the advantages of online assessment and the eventual delay in announcing results. The university has introduced online assessment of answer papers from this year, but the process has been delayed because of technical glitches. The university has said that assessments have picked up, but the results of many exams have been delayed.
“Lakhs of students are affected due to the delay in results, and it is only fair to ask questions to the right person. In this case, it had to be the vice chancellor of the university,” said Sachin Malharkar, president of the association. The parody was released by the association last week and has already got close to 4,000 views on Youtube. “Our question is directly to the vice chancellor, Sanjay Deshmukh, because most changes have come into effect on his behest and everything seems to be changing for the worst for students,” added Malharkar.
The one-minute-long video, which is in Marathi, starts with “Kulguru, tumhala swatyawar bharosa nahi ka? (Vice Chancellor, don’t you trust yourself?)”, and goes on to ask several other questions.
The satirical song is not the only way in which the students are protesting. They have taken to the internet to share their problems and displeasure with the way institutes are functioning. A page on Facebook called ‘Unofficial: Mumbai University’ is a parody account on MU and open to students who want to share funny takes on the functioning of the institution. With over 6,800 followers, most posts are circulated across different pages and students seem to be more than happy to share their problems and as well as memes about the university with others.
“One of the biggest advantages of sharing problems online is that one can maintain anonymity. However, over the years, more and more students are using Facebook and Twitter to raise their voices against the system which is a welcome trend,” said a student from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). He added that there are various groups and communities run by TISS students on different social networking websites, all highlighting different issues, both positive and negative, and sharing views with the rest of the world. “This way we can also gather more support from outsiders, which makes a bigger impact,” he added.