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A day after admitting to a paper leak, Mumbai University moved to control the damage with two top appointments, even as students planned to take their protest against a re-test to the courts and the streets. Several students who are against the re-exam for the leaked Marketing and Human Resource Management paper will hit the streets on April 4, while others have decided to move the Bombay high court. The university, which initiated strong measures on Sunday 1st April, for the first time since the series of goof-ups began more than a fortnight ago, filled the registrar’s post on Monday 2nd April and created a new one, that of the director of examinations.Governor K Sankarnarayanan and Rajesh Tope, the higher and technical education minister, brought in IAS officer Bhagwan Kumar Khaire, the additional collector of Pune, as the registrar of University of Mumbai. The position has been vacant since vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar took charge a year and-a-half ago. A new post, of the director of examinations, has been created to spruce up exam work and to increase co-ordination between colleges and university: Subhash Deo, principal of Gogate-Joglekar College in Ratnagiri will hold this office. The university has also placed an advertisement to fill the post of the controller of examinations in two weeks, said Tope.
The post of the pro-vice chancellor will also be filled on Tuesday 3rd April, said Tope. Welukar was conducting interviews for the same all through Monday 2nd April and would shortlist some names for the governor to appoint the pro V-C. “This is an emergency kind of a situation and we have appointed Khaire as the university needs to be in good hands. On Sunday (Ist april ) night, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan cleared Khaire’s appointment. The governor was not very happy with the university’s functioning but is also of the opinion that Welukar must continue as the V-C. But corrective measures had to be taken and hence we have hastened the recruitment process,” added Tope.Welukar has also been asked to fill all the vacant positions of faculty and administrative staff. But for students, the damage has already been done. Chetan Sharma, a student who wants the university to recall the decision on a re-exam, along with another student, has decided to move the Bombay High Court on Tuesday 3rd March. In support, 430 students from his college, Acharya College in Chembur, have threatened to boycott the examination. “The questions were leaked by students from one centre. Not all students would have received the messages. Why should all of us suffer due to the lax in the administration of the university? They should not have distributed the question paper a day in advance to the centre,” said Sharma. He will have to miss the final rites of his grandfather in the event of a re-exam. A Facebook page created by two students, Shrishti Kapoor and Smruti Rao, from Mulund College of Commerce and Kelkar College in Mulund, gathered momentum within 24 hours when more than 5,000 students joined the group. The students have planned to stage a protest outside the university campus on April 4 against the re-exam. “Many of us took the ‘leaked’ questions with a pinch of salt. We keep getting messages before every exam, none of which turn out to be true,” said Kapoor.
Courtesy: Times of India
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