MU tells GLC to conduct retests for 270 students
MU’s decision came a day after the varsity’s board of studies (BoS) for law had opined that rules do not prohibit GLC from conducting retests for these students.Updated: May 05, 2019 09:01 IST
The University of Mumbai (MU) on Saturday directed Government Law College (GLC) to conduct a re-examination for around 270 students who had failed their practical written examination in April.
MU’s decision came a day after the varsity’s board of studies (BoS) for law had opined that rules do not prohibit GLC from conducting retests for these students. In a letter to GLC’s principal Suvarna Keole, Vinod Patil, director of MU’s board of examination and evaluation, wrote, “The GLC should conduct practical training re-examination for the students intending to appear at the examinations to be held in the first half of 2019.”
For the 270 students who failed in the practical written examinations, conducted internally by the college, the opportunity of re-examination means they may avoid the loss of an academic year.
Those who fail internal tests are not allowed to advance to the next year or take the theory exams. The students had alleged that GLC had previously cited varsity rules and said there would be no re-examinations, even though retests have been held in the past.
The youth wing of Shiv Sena, Yuva Sena, which had asked the university to intervene in the matter on May 3, said in a statement, “We thank MU vice-chancellor, examination department and the BoS for the positive approach and immediate action.”
Earlier on Saturday, the dispute over retests had led to a police complaint after Byculla member of legislative assembly (MLA) Waris Pathan had a heated exchange with Keole on the issue of re-examinations. “Following a brief argument, the principal suddenly walked out of her cabin. The MLA felt that it was a disrespectful move and two began arguing in the corridor outside the cabin,” said an eye-witness student.
The college has sent a letter to the city police, complaining against Pathan. “We have received a letter and are investigating the matter,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1).
When contacted, Pathan said, “The conversation had become argumentative, but as such there was no ruckus.”
Keole didn’t respond to phone calls and text messages.