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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Mumbai university will not repeat mistakes from previous semester: Education minister Tawde

Vinod Tawde tells HT about the state government’s plan for smooth conduct of online assessment of answer sheets.

mumbai Updated: Oct 29, 2017 22:44 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
State education minister Vinod Tawde.
State education minister Vinod Tawde.

Three days after Mumbai university vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh was sacked over the delay in declaring exam results, education minister Vinod Tawde speaks to HT on the state government’s plan for smooth conduct of online assessment of answer sheets.

Excerpts from an interview:

Several complaints have been made against Deshmukh for some time now. Why did the government take so long to sack him?

Our prime focus was ensuring all pending results are announced in time. We started the process to sack the V-C only after that. The final decision came from governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. The governor has already constituted a committee to appoint the next vice-chancellor.

Other important posts, too, are lying vacant, including that of the pro-vice chancellor, director of examination and evaluation. When will these appointments be made?

Appointment of a vice-chancellor is the first and the most important step for a university. As the process is underway, the remaining posts too will be filled soon. We will need the expertise of the new V-C for it.

The state government recently met the university officials to discuss the upcoming exam session. Were there any big decisions?

Our primary concern is smooth exams and assessment. We want to declare the results within a stipulated period of time. None of the errors from the previous semester will be repeated. We will also float tenders to find a new agency to conduct online assessment for the semester. MeritTrac’s contract ends after the November exam session.

What are the plans for the University of Mumbai?

As examinations were a major concern, we wanted to clear the process first. We realised the lack of appropriate funds is a key issue, which hampers the quality. Discussions are going on. We plan to bring in a board of investors to support all-round development of the university that will benefit students, teachers and principals.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 20:22 IST