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Mumbai University’s Board of Examinations has lowered the bar for evaluators twice. It first reduced the minimum teaching experience they were expected to have from three years to two and then from two years to one. The amendments introduced a glut of young faculty members into the assessment process, for sure, but they also raised questions about the quality of evaluation being done. At the same time, had the changes not been made, the evaluation process would probably not have got completed till late July, precluding students from applying for Masters degrees at other varsities.
Several unqualified and ineligible teachers are correcting papers. This is going to affect the quality of assessment, said Madhu Paranjpe, general secretary of the Bombay University College Teachers Union. We met the pro V-C and brought this to his notice. We even gave him names of people whose appointment as teachers is not valid, but they are assessing papers. Sources said that 30 cluster centres have been set up, thus relieving the faculty from travelling to the Kalina exam house to correct papers. There are teachers who are correcting hundreds of papers in a day, said Paranjpe. But no moderation work is taking place in the absence of senior teachers, added BUCTU members. Controller of examinations S. M. Suryavanshi rationalized the decision to relax the criteria thus: If a teacher can teach, he can correct papers. Senior faculty members, however, argued that there is a disciplined uniformity that evaluators must follow. When a new faculty member corrects papers for the first time, he or she is given a bundle that is fully moderated. The moderator then provides feedback to the new evaluator on the style of assessment, said a faculty. But with most senior teachers supporting the boycott, that practice seems to have largely been given a go-by. With the evaluation process continuing swiftly, university officials said that commerce results could be declared in another 10 days and the TYBS c results announced soon there after. The results of the T.Y.B.Sc (computer science) exam are ready.
Professors and lecturers have presented a slate of demands before the Maharashtra government: Regularisation: The UGC mandated in the late 1990s that aspiring teachers first clear the NET or SET. The state government, however, implemented the rule retroactively, leaving in the lurch several M.Phil graduates who had been appointed as teachers between September 1991 and April 2000. Regularisation of these teachers and giving them their arrears are two major demands. Outstanding Cash: Release the arrears due to teachers after the implementation of the VIth Pay Commission. Parity: Implement the revised VIth Pay Commission for teachers working in unaided engineering colleges as directed by the AICTE. Pay Revision: Implement the comprehensive scheme of pay revision as issued by the HRD ministry on December 31, 2008. PE Teachers: Pay physical education teachers according to their revised scale. Equality: Set the same retirement age for librarians as exists for other teachers. Pension Scheme: Withdraw the new pension scheme and extend the present Defined Benefit Pension Scheme to all the teachers appointed in Maharashtra after November 1, 2005.
Courtesy: Times of India
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