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Mumbai university statutory body polls: Principals, college teachers elected to senate

For the last two years, the university has been working with ad-hoc bodies, with no elected member, owing to the state government's embargo on elections.

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2018 01:01 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
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The University of Mumbai (MU) on Friday declared the results of the first phase of elections for its senate and boards of studies for various subjects.

Nine principals from MU-affiliated colleges, six representatives of college management and three teachers from the varsity's post-graduation departments were elected to the senate - the principal authority for all financial estimates and budgetary appropriations and for providing social feedback to the university on current and future academic programmes. 82 college heads of departments (HODs) were elected to 33 boards of studies - panels that decide the curriculum and question-paper pattern of these disciplines.

For the last two years, the university has been working with ad-hoc bodies, with no elected member, owing to the state government's embargo on elections. The embargo was lifted when the state introduced a new law to govern the state’s public universities - Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016.

The new Act reduced the strength of varsity senate to at least 73 members, with half of them appointed through the election route. Earlier, the senate consisted of around 105 members, with almost two-thirds of its members being the elected representatives of teachers, management and students. The move is said to be aimed at the empowering university vice-chancellor, by allowing him to have a higher proportion of members nominated by him in the senate. The term of all statutory bodies is five years.

On Wednesday, MU had held elections to elect representatives of two constituencies - university department teachers and college HODs. There were no elections held for principals and college representatives, as the number of nominees for these constituencies didn't exceed the number of seats allotted to them in the senate.

As reported by HT, all the nine principals who contested for the 10 seats allotted to their constituency and six college representatives who contested for the six seats reserved for them were declared the unopposed winners. One seat, reserved for a principal belonging to nomadic tribes (NT) was left vacant as there was no contestant for it.

On the other hand, 13 university teachers contested for the three seats reserved for them. There are 67 college HODs contesting for the three seats in each of 12 boards of studies. The seats in the remaining 21 boards were filled unopposed as there were only three or less number of HODs in contention for each of those boards.

The polls for the two larger constituencies - university graduates and college teachers - will be held later. Some of the members of management council and academic council - the two other statutory bodies - will be appointed through internal elections among senate members.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 01:01 IST