Lack of infrastructure, paper leaks major concerns, student unions tell Mumbai University V-C

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Representatives of student unions met V-C Sanjay Deshmukh at the Kalina campus and discussed issues related to infrastructure, courses and evaluation of answer papers that have plagued the university.

AROUND 15 student organisations of the Mumbai University raised several issues related to colleges and students with the vice-chancellor (V-C) of the university at a meeting Tuesday.

Representatives of student unions met V-C Sanjay Deshmukh at the Kalina campus and discussed issues related to infrastructure, courses and evaluation of answer papers that have plagued the university.

The representatives of Prahar Student Organisation told Deshmukh that there is a need to improve the infrastructure of the colleges within the university.

“Most colleges use the same facilities for junior colleges and higher colleges. The libraries, laboratories, playgrounds and classrooms are not equipped enough for all students,” said Manoj Tekade, chairperson of Prahar.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), meanwhile, demanded an activity centre inside the Kalina campus. “We don’t have permissions to hold student mobilisation activities or hold talks within the campus. There should be a dedicated space for talks and idea exchanges,” said Rohit Chandode, the organising member of ABVP for Mumbai.

“There are not enough gymkhanas in colleges,” said Santosh Gangurde, vice-president of Maharashtra Navnirman Vidhyarthi Sena (MNVS).

The recurrent episodes of question paper leak and tampering of answer sheets was one of the prominent concerns of many unions, including the ABVP, MNVS and Prahar.

“The university has not taken any action after the latest scam that revealed answer sheets were being sent out of the Examination House and were being tampered with,” said Chandode.

He said while the university had transferred 138 officials after the scam, only three of the officials had joined in their new positions.

“The university administration is not following up the scam properly,” said Chandode. Results was yet another issue that was on all agenda.

“The final year results of so many courses are yet to be declared. This should be sorted on a priority basis,” said Gangurde.

Tekade said, “The university takes months to issue marksheets to students even if the results are announced online.”

Other issues discussed in the meeting include student welfare, better infrastructure at the university’s sub-centres and the acute staff crunch. Gangurde said the MNVS proposed that sanitary napkin vending machines be placed in colleges.

The university administration has taken note of the issues raised and will try to resolve them, said MU Registrar M A Khan.

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