Mumbai university governing body elections to be held in August
MUMBAI CITY NEWS: In order to contest and vote in these elections, university graduates, teachers, principals and college representatives will have to register themselves with MUUpdated: Jul 03, 2017 09:13 IST
The University of Mumbai (MU) has announced that the elections for its governing bodies, which have been functioning without elected members for two years, will be held in August.
Elections will be held for senate, management council, academic council, boards of studies and board of examination, the bodies which are responsible for making policies and taking important decisions on administrative and academic matters. The university has been functioning through bodies appointed on ad-hoc basis as the state government was preparing to introduce Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016 and had put an embargo on elections for these bodies. The Act was enacted on March 1 and the statutes relating to elections were issued only recently.
In order to contest and vote in these elections, university graduates, teachers, principals and college representatives will have to register themselves with MU. For the first time, the university has introduced an online registration method in addition to existing offline method.
"The voters can register themselves on the election portal. However, they will have to visit the university for verification of their documents," said MA Khan, MU registrar.
The registration process for graduates will start from June 1 and will continue till June 30. However, one should have graduated from one of the MU-affiliated colleges at least five years ago, in order to be a 'registered graduate'. Teachers, principals and members of management from MU-affiliated colleges can register between June 5 and July 4.
After the registration process is over, the university will publish electoral rolls for various constituencies around July 10. The voters will have another five days to seek corrections in the list.
The student bodies feel that the duration allotted for election process is not sufficient. "Many people have gone on vacation and it won't be possible for them to register in such a short time. The university is conducting elections in a haphazard manner to meet the August 31 deadline for appointment of bodies," said Sudhakar Tamboli, a former senate member and vice-president, Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena. He blamed the state government for delaying the statutes for elections under the new act.