MU mess: Governor asks Maharashtra govt for opinion; move to seal V-C’s fate?
Opinion was sought on explanations received from MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh in response to a show-cause notice issued to him by the governor following the unprecedented delay IN declaring results
In a significant move, state governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao sought the state government’s opinion on the mess in declaring the results of exams conducted by the University of Mumbai (MU). The move is likely to seal MU vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh’s fate, who has been at the centre of the controversy after being blamed for the chaos. Opinion was sought on explanations received from Deshmukh in response to a show-cause notice issued to him by the governor following the unprecedented delay.
Deshmukh has already been sent on an indefinite leave by the governor. Recently, he was also asked to resign from the position or face dismissal. The latest move is being seen as a step forward to remove Deshmukh from the post, which will also be based on the government’s views on the entire issue.
Blaming the vice-chancellor for dereliction of duty, the governor, as chancellor of all the universities of the state, on August 1 issued a show-cause notice to Deshmukh asking him to explain the delay in the results.
Deshmukh tried to explain his side in detail by sending two letters to the Raj Bhavan on August 14 and 21. The state higher and technical education department headed by minister Vinod Tawde is in the process of preparing its opinion on the issues raised by the VC in his letters.
“We have prepared a list of the issues raised by Deshmukh in his letters and will give our opinion on each and every point as the governor has sought opinion on all the issues,” the highly placed sources revealed.
In his response, Deshmukh allegedly wrote sabotage was responsible for the delay. The VC also tried to explain the decision to adopt online assessment of answer papers known as ‘On-Screen Marking System’ (OMS) was taken taken by him alone, but was approved by the senate and management council of the MU. Further, the system was brought in to end existing malpractices in assessing answer papers. Deshmukh also blamed mixing up of answer papers at centralised assessment process (CAP) or at college level, which according to him led to the chaos, the sources said.
A botany graduate from MU, Deshmukh had acquired PhD in Ecological Studies of Mangroves in Bombay at an early age of 25. He was also appointed as research director at the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, a political training centre of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for a period of two years.
Deshmukh has been facing flak from all quarters for his actions after unprecedented delay in declaring exam results of MU, which also led to students suffering.
HT on August 13 had reported how state government had opposed the idea of adopting OMS in one go and advised the university vice-chancellor to introduce the system gradually in phases. However, Deshmukh went ahead with the same against the government’s advice.
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