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University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai, Maharashtra
Address: Plot / Street / Area
M.G. Road, Fort
1st Floor, Ranade Bhavan
Vidyanagari, Santacruz (East)
Mumbai (District Mumbai)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400032

University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai Maharashtra is a University recognised by UGC. University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai Maharashtra is also known as University of Bombay / Bombay University, Mumbai University, MU Mumbai.
Principal of University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai Maharashtra is Dr. Krishna Shanti (Director).

University of Mumbai (UoM) is situated in Mumbai of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mumbai comes under Mumbai (Bombay) Tehsil, Mumbai District.

Fax # of University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai Maharashtra is 022-22652832, 22634461, 27673579.

email ID(s) is University of Mumbai (UoM) Mumbai Maharashtra

Website of University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai Maharashtra is www.mu.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Dr. Vijay Khole, Tel : 022 22656789(O) (R), Email: vc@fort.mu.ac.in.

Registrar : Shri Jayant Dighe, Tel : 022 22702344(O) 22656953(R), Fax : 22634461 22652832, Kumar Khairr.

Contact Details of University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-22-22702344, 22656953, 2652825, 22652819, 22652825

EPABX : 22652819/ 22652825
Reg. Phone : 22 - 2656913

Dr. Krishna Shanti (Director)
(O): 022 - 26526950

Mr. Mahesh S. Harkar
(O): : 022 - 2652 4406
(M) : 9224361027


Diploma in Interior Design
Diploma in Comparative Mythology
Diploma in Administration
Diploma in Software Techniques
Diploma in Advanced Computer Software Techniques
Diploma in Computer Programming
Advance Diploma in Russian
Diploma in Hindustani Vocal Light Music
Diploma in Computer Application Technology
Diploma in Hindustani Instrumental Music Sitar
Diploma in Hindustani Instrumental Music Tabla
Diploma in Operation Research for Management
Diploma in Financial Management
Diploma in Administrative Management
Diploma in Computer Management
Diploma in Marketing Management
Diploma in System Management
Diploma in Management Studies
Diploma in Panch-Karma Nishnat
Diploma in Panch-Karma
Diploma in Kaumarbhrittya Nishnat
Diploma in Kaumarbhrittya
Diploma in Prasooti Tantra Nishnat
Diploma in Prasooti Tantra
Diploma in Netra Roga and Netra Roga Nichnat
Diploma course in Radiography
Diploma course in Radiography
Diploma in Customs Clearance
Diploma in Qaubt Application
Diploma in Environmental Pollution Analysis and Control
Diploma in Nanoscriptology
Diploma in Food and Processing and Preservation
Advance Diploma in Tourism and Travel Industry Management
Diploma Course in Labour Laws and Labour Welfare
Diploma course in Radiography
Diploma course in Environmental Pollution Control Technology
Diploma in Tourism and Travel Industry Management
Diploma in Computerised Data Processing and Management information System
Diploma in Cosmetics and Perfumary Technology
Diploma course in Electronics
Diploma course in Analytical Instrumentation
Diploma in Aspect of Biotechnology
Diploma in Dietetics and Applied Nutrition
Diploma in Medical Radio-Isotope Techniques
Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology
Diploma Course in Yoga
Diploma in Polish
Diploma in Yogic Education
Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education
Diploma in Linguistics
Post Graduate Diploma Course in Diabetology
Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotocs
Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Diploma in Laryngology
Diploma in Virology
Diploma in Marine Medicine
Diploma in Clinical Pharmacology

Programs and Courses
Mumbai University Programs and Courses
The courses that are offered at MU or Mumbai University are:

University of Mumbai Arts Courses
* F.Y.B.A
* S.Y.B.A
* T.Y.B.A
* M.A Part-I
* M.A Part-II
* MA- Education Part-I
* MA- Education Part-II

University of Mumbai Commerce Courses
* M.COM-Part-I
* M.COM-Part-II
* PG-DFM-Part-I
* PG-DFM-Part-II
* PG-DORM-Part-I

University of Mumbai Science Courses
* F.Y.B.Sc. Comp. Sci
* S.Y .B.Sc. Comp. Sci
* T.Y..B.Sc. Comp. Sci
* M.Sc. Comp. Sci-Part-I
* M.Sc. Comp. Sci-Part-II
* M.Sc. Maths-Part-I
* M.Sc. Maths-Part-II

University of Mumbai Technology Courses
* F.Y.B.Sc. IT
* S.Y.B.Sc.IT
* T.Y.B.Sc.IT
* F.Y.B.Sc.Nautical Tech
* S.Y.B.Sc.Nautical Tech
* T.Y.B.Sc.Nautical Tech
* M.Sc. IT-Part-I
* M.Sc. IT-Part-II
* MCA-First Year
* MCA-Second Year
* MCA-Third Year

Faculties :
* Arts
* Commerce
* Law
* Architecture
* Management
* Science
* Technology
* Medicine & Pharmacy

Major Departments of Mumbai University
* Faculty of Fine Arts
* Faculty of Arts: Library Science
* Faculty of Commerce
* Faculty of Arts: Management studies
* Faculty of Science
* Faculty of Arts: Social Science Departments
* Faculty of Technology
* Faculty of Law
* Faculty of Arts: Language, Linguistics and Literature Departments
* Faculty of Arts: Education
* Faculty of Journalism

Educational Streams
The University of Mumbai provides education at various levels by offering Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees to students. It has established affiliations with several high ranking research institutes on the world, including Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), and the Tata Memorial Hospital. The University is running more than 10 self-supporting courses at present. It has several campuses across Mumbai, namely Fort Campus, Kalina Campus and Ratnagiri Campus.

Profile of University of Mumbai (UoM)

About Us
The University of Mumbai (known earlier as University of Bombay) is one of the oldest and premier Universities in India. It was established in 1857 consequent upon "Wood's Education Dispatch", and it is one amongst the first three Universities in India. As a sequel to the change in the name of the city from Bombay to Mumbai, the name of the University has been changed from "University of Bombay " to "University of Mumbai", vide notification issued by the Government of Maharashtra and published in the Government Gazette dated 4th September, 1996.

The University of Mumbai (formerly University of Bombay), is a state university situated in Maharashtra state of India. It has been given a five-star ranking by NAAC. The name of the University was changed from University of Bombay to University of Mumbai according to a Government Gazette dated 4 September 1996. It is abbreviated as either (UoM) for University of Mumbai or as (MU) for Mumbai University. Initially, the Elphinstone College building was used for Mumbai University.

Most of the colleges in the city of Mumbai (Bombay) and the districts of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are affiliated with the University of Mumbai. The University of Mumbai offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees to students. It has affiliations with several high ranking research institutes in the world, including Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), a deemed university of the University of Mumbai, and the Tata Memorial Hospital. The UoM is ranked in the top 500 universities in the world by the THES - QS world universities ranking.

University of Mumbai is a state university situated in Maharashtra, accredited with a five-star ranking by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The educational jurisdiction of Mumbai University is spread across the districts of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. Originally known as University of Bombay, it is among the most prestigious universities in India.

The profile of this University carved out in 147 years of its functioning attests to its manifold achievements as the intellectual and moral powerhouse of the society. The University has always given its best to the country in general and to the city of Mumbai in particular by enthusiastically shouldering an ever-growing load of social values and opportunities. Initially, the University concentrated its efforts on controlling teaching at the undergraduate level and in conducting examinations. Later on it took up research and the task of imparting instructions at the Post-Graduate level. This resulted in the establishment of the University Departments beginning with the School of Sociology and Civics & Politics. The independence of the country led to the re-organization of the functions and powers of the University with the passing of the Bombay University Act of 1953.

It has two campuses of area 230 acres and 13 acres, with 1.25 million square feet of built-up area, 22 thousand sq. feet of class-rooms and 84 thousand sq feet of laboratory space. It has two post-graduate centers, 354 affiliated colleges and 36 Departments. It has established its name in industrial collaborations and runs various professional courses.

At national level, it has excelled in sports, cultural and out-reach activities. In the last five years it has seen 104% increase in under-graduate students, 112% increase in post-graduate students and 147% increase in distance - education students. There is 156% increase in the number of research papers published in International journals. 12 Department/sections are recognized under various national programmes, such as SAP/CAS/DRS/DSA/COSIST/FIST. More than 80 teachers are on various professional bodies. 18 National/International awards are won by teachers in the last five years. Every year about 20 teachers visit abroad for academic activities. Recently more than 10 self-supporting courses have been started by the University.

University of Mumbai, more popular as Mumbai University is one of the top notch Universities in India. It is formerly called University of Bombay. The name of the University has been changed from 'University of Bombay' to 'University of Mumbai' as per the Government Gazette dated 4th September, 1996. The University will be shortly getting its own radio frequency to air a radio channel called MUST (Mumbai University Students Transmission). The channel will be accessible from 5-7 km radius of the University initially for about 2 hours before getting upgraded for larger time slots.

After Independence the University of Mumbai was established re-organization of the functions and powers of the University with the passing of the Bombay University Act of 1953. On 4 September 1996, the name of the University was changed from University of Bombay to University of Mumbai according to a Government Gazette. The name of the University is either abbreviated as (UoM) for University of Mumbai or as (MU) for Mumbai University.

The profile of this University carved out in 150 years of its functioning attests to its manifold achievements as the intellectual and moral powerhouse of the society. The University has always given its best to the country in general and to the city of Mumbai in particular by enthusiastically shouldering an ever-growing load of social values and opportunities.

Initially, the University concentrated its efforts on controlling teaching at the undergraduate level and in conducting examinations. Later on it took up research and the task of imparting instructions at the Post-Graduate level. This resulted in the establishment of the University Departments beginning with the School of Sociology and Civics & Politics. The independence of the country led to the re-organization of the functions and powers of the University with the passing of the Bombay University Act of 1953.

Interesting Facts about Mumbai University
* In 1857, Bombay University was established at Town Hall. It was relocated in 1874 to the new complex near Oval Maidan.
* It is one of the esteemed universities of the country and amongst the top 500 universities of the world.
* National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has honored Mumbai University with a five star ranking.
* No less than 354 colleges in and around the city, are affiliated to Mumbai University. It has 36 departments which deal in different branch of studies.

* It offers courses in various professional courses, including engineering and business management.

* Its faculty members have won at least eighteen National and International awards in the last five years.

The University of Mumbai is modelled on the universities of Britain and primarily imparts education through its affiliated colleges. St. Xavier's College, which was affiliated with the University in 1868, is the first of its colleges. Today, the university campuses serve as administrative centers and centers for some higher education and library facilities. The affiliated colleges are spread throughout the city and the four coastal districts of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. The major main campus locations include:

Fort Campus
The original campus is in Fort, Mumbai, near the southern end of the city of Mumbai. It houses the administrative division of the university. It is built in the Gothic style of architecture and includes a library that holds many original manuscripts. The University of Bombay was established at the Fort Campus in 1857. In the same year universities were established in the two other Presidency towns of Calcutta and Madras. Fort Campus was one of the first educational institutions established by the British in India following Sir Charles Wood's Dispatch on Education in 1854.

Kalina Campus
Another large campus is situated in Kalina, Santacruz in suburban Mumbai. Much of its 230 acres is being kept for the development of future disciplines. It has on-campus graduate training and research centers. The most popular courses are in the LIFE SCIENCES & BIOTECHNOLOGY fields. It also has social sciences and behavioural sciences departments offering masters and doctoral programmes, which include the Department of Economics and the Department of Psychology. The Kalina campus also includes certain science departments including the Department of Biotechnology, Department of Physics, Department of Information Technology and Department of Mathematics, and has most of the humanities and language departments of Mumbai University at the masters and doctoral level. It also has the Jawaharlal Nehru Library, the largest library in Mumbai.

Ratnagiri Campus
A minor campus running mostly extramural courses is located in the town of Ratnagiri. The campus is located at the Thibaw Palace, originally built to accommodate the exiled royal family of Burma near the Finolex Academy College sub-divisional office.

Other Campuses
Several departments of the University of Mumbai are located at places other than the fort or Kalina campus. These include the Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology, formerly (UDCT). The departments of Medicine and Medical Research are spread out across several prominent hospitals in Bombay (Mumbai). Chief amongst these are the Tata Memorial Hospital, Bombay Hospital and G.S. Medical College of the University of Mumbai. St. Xavier's College was the first degree-granting college affiliated to the University.

Mumbai University libraries
The main Library or Central Library is Jawaharlal Nehru Library (JNL) with almost a million books (850,000), documents and Scientific Journals, Thesis, Encyclopedias, along with over 30,000 microfilms and over 1200 rare manuscripts, IMF reports, census records and access to several hundreds of E-Journals through online subscription. The (JNL) catalogue is computerised. The Library largely contains books with basic sciences and the social and behavioural sciences.

The technology and applied research journals and books of the University of Mumbai are kept at various other libraries including those at ICT, TIFR, JBIMS & Tata Memorial Hospital. Together the University of Mumbai collection of Books and Scientific journals includes over a million documents.


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University plans day-care centre for kids of senior students, faculty

Mumbai: Now senior students and faculty working on the Mumbai university campus need not worry about their children while at work.The university is planning to set up a day-care centre for children of teaching and non-teaching staff. The authorities also plan to extend the facility for children of postgraduate students and research students on the campus.

The universitys womens development cell is in the process of taking feedback from the employees. The centre facilities will be extended to examiners who come on the campus for a few hours for evaluating papers. Postgraduate students and students who come on the campus for research can also avail of the facility, once it is set up. Male faculty or students who do not have their spouses working for the university will also benefit from the system, said Kranti Jejurkar, the chairperson of the cell. The university is now conducting a survey to find out the demand on the campus.The centre will be set up on the guidelines set by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for day-care centres. However, Jejurkar added that Mumbai university plans to include several other facilities that are not mentioned in the guidelines. She said, The UGC norms states that children from 0-6 years should be allowed in the day-care centres. We plan to extend it for other children as well, depending on the demand. We also plan to offer medical facilities at the centre.

However, all the plans are in the pipeline. We are still working on making the idea popular among people.

The university released a circular to that effect to take feedback from all the stakeholders. It states: Following the recommendations by university officials, the facility can be extended to the employees or staff of the varsity residing at the Kalina campus or nearby locality.

The facility will also be available for temporary staff and adult students and research holders in the university. Also, those MU employees whose spouses are working individuals, though with other organisations, can take benefit of the scheme.Currently, the university has not decided on the charges that beneficiaries have to pay. We have to decide the fee and other details. A class IV employee making use of the facility need not pay the same amount as the senior faculties. Students also need not pay the same amount, added the chairperson.

MU students to get hall tickets online

Mumbai: To avoid delays in issuing hall tickets to final year students, the University of Mumbai has decided to allot hall tickets online this year. It will be the colleges responsibility to submit the students examination forms online on the varsitys digital portal.This is the first time that the University will provide online hall tickets to collegians. This facility will be extended to more than 500 Commerce, Arts and Science colleges, affiliated to the varsity. Last year, around 1, 45,000 students appeared for final year examinations from these three streams.According to a senior official from the varsity, This decision has been taken to avoid a delay in issuing hall tickets. Generally, mistakes creep into the hall tickets because they are issued in haste. So this time, the varsity decided to get online and save time.

Currently, the entire application procedure is manual. Students fill the examination form and submit it to the varsity. The varsity scrutinises this form and issues the hall ticket.Once the procedure becomes online, it easy for the college and the students. If students spot any mistakes in the hall ticket, they can be rectified immediately.
Last year, the varsity created a digital portal, and each college was given a separate login ID. Once the college submits the students data online, we can issue the hall tickets and make them available online. Once the submission is online, we can easily correct mistakes, said Controller of Examination Vilas Shinde of the University of Mumbai.

Most of the colleges in the city have the online facility. We also are going to organise a training workshop for colleges next month at the Kalina campus. The colleges can attend this workshop and if they have any query we will resolve it. From next year, this facility will be allotted across the sections. However, this time, it will be only be limited to colleges with three streams only, Shinde added.

University bends rules for PhDs

Mumbai: Mumbai University (MU) has bailed out its PhD candidates who had registered with the Regional Research Committee (RRC) before the decision of conducting an entrance test was taken.In June 2009, the University Grants Commission (UGC) laid down norms for a common entrance test that universities across the country would have to follow for registering research fellows. MU, however, decided to conduct the test only recently. In the interim period, around 600 candidates registered for the PhD following the old norms. Though these candidates were exempted from the PET (the PhD entrance test) conducted on February 26, the decision on their tests was pending.

The universitys academic council on Friday decided on a special arrangement for around 600 candidates, who will now appear for a test conducted by their own PhD guides. Among the registered candidates are three politicians from the state, Jitendra Awhad (MLA), Anil Parab (former Sena MLC) and minister of higher and technical education, Rajesh Tope. According to a university official, The academic council has decided that the guides will take an exam for their PhD fellows and also a six-month classroom course on research methodology.

This is, however, not acceptable with the UGC guidelines of 2009, which makes the entrance exam to be conducted by the university mandatory, followed by interviews and course work for one or two semesters, said Ved Prakash, UGC official.

Tope said that he had registered for the PhD before November 2009, and he might not pursue it immediately. I am busy with the sessions and other ministry-related work. I will attempt the test later, when I have the time.

Deepanshu Pusalkar, one of the registered PhD candidates, believes that such a decision will come as a relief to most of the candidates.

No supplementary sheets in university exams this year

Mumbai: Students appearing for the Mumbai University exams beginning this March 24 will have to restrict themselves to 40 pages while answering their papers. After a thorough study on the use of pages by students, the Mumbai University has decided to do away with supplements completely.

Affiliated colleges also have been instructed to not allow supplements henceforth. Students can forget worrying about untied supplements now, as the university has increased the number of pages in the main answer booklet.

For the 60-mark paper we have increased the pages of the booklet from 24 to 32 pages and for the 100-mark question paper, the answer booklet will have 40 pages instead of 32. Several pages are left blank in the answer booklets. Students borrow supplements and do not make complete use of it. Examiners have to strike off the blank pages. Therefore, we have decided not to issue supplements henceforth in any exams, said Vilas Shinde, controller of examinations.We found that 40 pages were more than sufficient to accommodate all the content needed for a 100-mark question paper. Also with the new optical mark recognition (OMR) system for data feeding in the computer, it would be inconvenient for teachers to feed marks from all the supplements, added Shinde.

In the engineering exams conducted last November, the university had strictly asked to issue supplements only after verifying the need. Students found the policy inconvenient. In November we had not increased the pages, only allowed judicious use of supplements. However, since the pages in the main booklet will be increased now, students will not face any problem, said Shinde.

Varsity cracks engg exam paper leak codes, 1 more held

Mumbai: Students involved in the recent engineering examination paper leak scam used different code words and symbols as identification marks for peons to identify their papers and sneak them out of the university.The students wrote names of gods, certain letters or numerals as code, as well as drew symbols on the last page of the answer sheets, sources at the University of the Mumbai revealed.

In another important development in the case, one more accused, identified as Ajinkya Rajaram Tanawde, has been arrested. Another person, who is currently on the run, is said to be the prime accused in the case. Earlier, two peons from the university were arrested by the police after the scam came to light.

University sources said that the modus operandi adopted by the accused was deceptively simple — the students while appearing for the examination would write a pre-decided code word or draw a particular symbol on the last page of the answer sheet as an identification mark. Once the examination of that particular subject was over, the answer papers were brought to the university.

Sources reveal that it was here, while the answer sheets get bundled into sets of 30 each for assessment purposes, that the crime took place. The arrested accused while sorting the bundles, removed the answer papers featuring the identification marks and subsequently snuck them out of the university.
Sources continued that the papers were handed over to the students, who would then write the correct answers on the blank pages left on the answer sheets. The answer sheets were then returned to these peons, who would then re-insert them into the bundles the next day, revealed a source.The peons allegedly got good remuneration for it. The students who benefited from the syndicate have been identified and action will be taken against them, sources add.

Officials at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) police station who are investigating the case, refused to comment.

Mumbai University holds a grand convocation

Mumbai: Over one lakh students received their degrees and diplomas at the annual convocation ceremony of the Mumbai University in the Fort campus on Saturday. K Shankarnarayanan, the Governor of Mahrashtra and Chancellor of the University presided over the Convocation ceremony and Dr Madhavan Nair, Former Chairman (ISRO) delivered the convocation address.
In his convocation address, Nair drew attention to the need for upgrading the quality of education by revamping the syllabus and infrastructure in colleges.While there is a spurt in the number of colleges, the quality of education imparted is not very encouraging. There is an urgent need to relook at the syllabi, quality of teaching professionals and the infrastructure in the colleges and the universities. A shift from the current examination-oriented method of teaching to inculcate inquisitiveness and innovativeness amongst students is the need of the hour, he said.

The university conferred approximately 1,35,000 degrees and diplomas including 1,9856 post graduate degrees, 1,07,600 under-graduates students and 250 PhD students. Maximum number of degrees were conferred on students from arts stream — 33, 994. Science stream receved the second highest number of degrees —1,5395 followed by 1,3389 from technology and 2,480 from Law Faculty, 80 from Medical Faculty, 65872 from Commerce Faculty and 300 from Faculty of Fine Arts. 60 medals has been awarded by the dignatries.

Dr Manohar Joshi, former Speaker of Lok Sabha and former chief minister and Dr Amarjit Singh Manhas, chairman, MHADA and Member of Higher Education Council have received their PhD degrees in the faculty of Arts and also one of the Mumbais Dubbawala Mr Bijaykumar Maharana, got the Ph D degree in Yoga.

For the first time, the convocation was streamed live on the university website.

Submit seat info on degree courses, univ tells colleges

Mumbai: Mumbai University has asked colleges to send information on the number of seats filled and vacant in first year degree courses. Every year, certain colleges ask for extra seats, while several others have some left. The varsity wants to ensure that seats in all colleges are filled.

University officials decided to do this because some colleges asked varsity authorities to allow 10% more seats than their capacity. Currently, more than 500 colleges are affiliated with the university.A varsity official said, More than 15 colleges demanded extra seats for traditional and self-financed courses. These colleges have been doing this every year. Earlier, the varsity allowed them to increase seats, but from this year, it wants to stop this practice as students have become picky in selecting colleges.

We have sent the circular to all colleges asking detailed information about the first year admission process. Instead of granting extra seats to some, we want students to consider those colleges which have seats even if they are not of their choice, said Dr Rajpal Hande, director, Board of College and University Development (BCUD).I dont understand why some students make a beeline for a specific college. At least, when they dont get into a college of their choice, they should approach the ones who have seats left.
Dr TA Shivare, principal of Hinduja College and chairman of association of non-government colleges, said, Because there are so many students waiting to get admission, we approached the varsity for more seats. Earlier, it used to grant extra seats; it helps students get in to a college of their choice.

Students choose a college because they know the faculty there, the colleges past results etc, Shivare added, explaining why some students insist on a particular college. Good infrastructure of a college also plays a major role in attracting students.

Yuva Sena activists slap PT teacher

Mumbai: Two days after Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarathi Sena activists blackened the face of the controller of examinations of the University of Mumbai, the students wing of Shiv Sena spilled its anger against a teacher by slapping him on the Bandra school premises.On Thursday, Yuva Sena activists assaulted Samir Shivsekar, a physical training (PT) teacher at IES Manik Vidya Mandir in Bandra, for allegedly slapping class 10 student Yash Borkar during a school camp.Pradip Sawant, university senate member and a member of the Yuva Sena, said: The teacher has no right to hit a child. We will not tolerate such behaviour so we hit him. We spoke to the principal and she has promised to look into the matter.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act states that a teacher cannot mete out any form of corporal punishment to the child nor physically or emotionally harass him-her.

On November 27, around 100 class 10 students had attended a two-day camp organised by the school to Vikramgadh, near Palghar. At night, when Shivsekar went on a round at all tents to check if the students were sleeping, he found Borkar and his friends still awake.Shivsekar asked them to go to sleep and left. But, the students reportedly continued chit-chatting past midnight.When Shivsekar found them awake on his second round, he allegedly got furious and slapped Borkar several times and made him take laps on the open ground.The teacher had slapped me when I was in class 8 as well. I was shocked and humiliated. Four teachers, who were present there, told us not to complain, said Borkar, who did not attend school for two days after the incident.

The school has decided to conduct an inquiry into the incident and has called the boys parents on Friday.
This teacher has worked with us for 15 to 20 years. He is respected, said Satish Lotlikar, school trustee.Students tend to make mischief, especially on school trips. The teacher was only trying to maintain discipline. We do not know if he slapped the child. We will conduct an inquiry to ascertain the same and if found guilty, will take strict action, Lotlikar added.

Separate entrance test for registered PhD candidates

Mumbai: PhD aspirants who have already started work on their research projects are in a dilemma over appearing for the PhD entrance test (PET).

While the Mumbai university is planning to conduct the PET on February 26, the decision on the registered candidates will be taken in the Academic Council meeting on March 4.Though the decision will be taken a bit too late, the university has assured the students that they would conduct a re-test, if the council makes the PET mandatory for such candidates.In 2009, the University Grants Commission (UGC) made it compulsory for all candidates to pass an entrance test to be eligible for enrolling for a PhD. The Mumbai university, however, took more than a year to pass the notification to institute the PET in November 2010. Around 70 candidates from the universitys jurisdiction and already started work on their research projects between July 2009 and August 2010 are now left confused.However, on Wednesday, the university passed a circular informing students that, in case the academic council makes PET compulsory for all candidates who have registered between July 2009 and August 2010, a separate PET would be announced.

It also stated, If university recognised research centres (RRC) who have conducted the PET such proposals will be verified by the appropriate authority

Marathi losing sheen for Phd

Mumbai: The city may boast of all signboards in Marathi, but the language seems to have lost its sheen in its own state. There were no fresh applications for PhD or MPhil in Marathi either from the city, Nashik, Raigad, Sindhudurg or Ratnagiri in the recently concluded Research Recognition Committee meeting of the University of Mumbai.
The number of students seeking to pursue PhD in the language has fallen even in Pune and Nagpur universities.
In its July 16 meeting, the 18-month committee cleared just one application for Marathi and that, too, for modification of the topic, registered two years ago.
Moreover, the department of Marathi has seven of its eight posts lying vacant. The reason is apathy on part of officials, who have failed to fill up the posts after the demise or retirement of a faculty member. Pushpalata Rajapure-Tapas, head of the Marathi department, is the only permanent faculty member.
The number of students doing post-graduation from the university has also been declining over the years, revealed data obtained through the Right to Information Act. Rajapure-Tapas and eight visiting faculty members are currently teaching a class of 18 studying Marathi at the post-graduate level.
If I compare my current students with those who completed their PhD 10 years ago, the scene is scary. Those who join research are just about average, said a Marathi professor from Nagpur University.
Tapas refuses to believe that Marathi has lost its sheen. There are four students are waiting to apply for a PhD. I have eight students under me doing PhD. The number of students doing post-graduation from the university has fallen as many colleges now offer it, defended Tapas. It is also wrong that Marathi offers no career. Teaching is a good profession.
But Mohan Jadhav, head of the Marathi department, Pune University, disagreed. We are losing students because we failed to provide them a good career. The only option left is academics or media, but both require additional skills, said Jadhav. The state government does not clear Marathi medium schools, but English schools are easily given permission. This gives wrong signal to the society.

Combative Anna Hazare in Mumbai

Mumbai: Anna Hazare will start his protest against the government for putting forth a weak bill before Parliament in Mumbai on Tuesday by holding a public meeting at Azad Maidan. In the morning, hundreds of bikers will start the protest campaign with a rally from Dadar to Azad Maidan, covering some of South Mumbais prominent colleges on the way.After addressing the press at 4pm, Hazare will hold the public meeting at 5pm, followed by a mashaal rally from Azad Maidan to August Kranti Maidan. At the maidan, Hazare will lead those gathered in an oath-taking ceremony to fight corruption. At least 300 bikers and motorists will start the rally from Swaminarayan temple in Dadar (East) at 8.30am. They will stop at HR and KC colleges and the Mumbai Universitys Fort campus to persuade students to join in the campaign. India Against Corruption (IAC) set up a call centre in Mumbai six days ago to provide information on the campaign. It has already received more than thousand calls, an IAC official said.

Hazare has rejected the draft bill that was placed before Parliament last week, calling it inadequate. The draft bills provisions are so weak that nearly half of the 12 million government employees will not come under its purview, Ravi Srivastav, Navi Mumbai co-ordinator for IAC, said.

The veteran Gandhian will go on a fast unto death in New Delhi from August 16 to protest against the government. Though the protest venue is still to be finalised, members of Team Anna have sought permission to carry out the fast in any one of the sites — Ramlila Grounds, Raj Ghat or Boat Club.

Hazare has made it clear he would not talk to the government and that he would withdraw his protest only if the government included all his demands in the final bill.

WikiConference India 2011: Wikimedians to visit Mumbai in November

Mumbai: This November, hundreds of Wikimedians will descend in Mumbai to plan their future course of action, convert the sceptics and inspire the believers. No, were not talking about a foreign invasion although, if you ask a local Wikimedian, the concept of enabling free access to knowledge is still alien to most Indians.Wikimedians are contributors to any Wikimedia project, among which Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia generated wholly by user contributions, is just one component. And although the community here in India is still considerably small, the WikiConference India 2011, to be held between November 18 and November 20, is intended to become an annual national flagship event for Wikipedia-Wikimedia in the country.

Already, 260 people have registered for the conference, many among whom, says Pranav Curumsey, chairperson of the conference, have never even edited on Wikipedia or attended the monthly community meet-ups that are held in various parts of the country. While this is encouraging news given the need for more awareness, the primary focus of the conference is to encourage offline connections and collaborations within the existing Wikimedia community.

We want to take the Wikimedian movement to the next step in India. We also want to share information on best practices that will help develop Indian language Wikipedias better, said Pranav, adding that a special track on Marathi Wikipedia is being planned for the conference which will be headed by the Pune community.As anyone whos ever edited an article on Wikipedia would acknowledge, it is the healthy exchange of opinions and its emphasis on neutral, verifiable information which has contributed to the online encyclopedias success and its global appeal. But as more Wikimedians begin to interact offline, this utopian world-view is likely to get a reality check.

As such, the Wikimedia movement in India is now at a crucial turning point. The Indian chapter in Bangalore was formally registered in January this year and the Wikimedia Foundation office in Delhi is currently in the process of hiring staff to begin a series of localised outreach activities to increase contributions and access to Indian language Wikipedias, many of which are languishing due to lack of awareness.

In such a scenario, is a national conference premature? Most Indian Wikimedians would disagree. Arjuna Rao Chavala, president of the Wikimedia India Chapter and a contributor to Telugu Wikipedia, said, When something is being done for the first time, challenges have to be faced. But there is a definite need for such a conference.

Achal Prabhala, a Bangalore-based writer and member of the advisory board, Wikimedia Foundation, states, In my involvement with Wikimedian communities in India and South Africa, Ive found that personal connections made between people actually helps us achieve more. There are many active Wikipedians in different parts of India. This conference will be success if there are connections being made, say between someone in the northeast and somebody in Bangalore who decide to collaborate on a project.

WikiConference India 2011 will be held at the Fort campus of Mumbai University between November 18 and November 20. To register as a participant, visit bit.ly-wci11.

Mumbai: Indias first test tube baby is 25 and jobless

Mumbai: Exactly 25 years ago, on August 6, 1986, in Mumbais KEM hospital, a young Mani Chavda gave birth to Indias first test tube baby. To mark her birthday, her daughter, the now 25-year-old test tube baby, Harsha Chavda visited Siddhivinayak temple on Saturday to seek the gods blessings. There is nothing unusual about me. I am like anybody else. But I will always feel I am special, says Harsha, a commerce graduate from Mumbai University.
Harsha had been working for four years in the back office of a private company in a clerical capacity, but was forced to quit the job two months ago when she was hospitalised due to an illness. Though fully recovered now, she is currently unemployed and looking for a job.
Harsha lives with her mother in a rented house in Jogeshwari. Her father passed away a few years ago, and she is the only earning member in the family. I am proud to be the countrys first IVF (in vitro fertilisation) mother, says her mother, Mani. But I am not happy because my child is not. We are poor and have not been able to buy a home in the city. So we have decided not to celebrate the birthday, but just to visit the Siddhivinayak temple.
Recalling that memorable day, Dr Indira Hinduja, who delivered Harsha, says, It was the happiest moment of my life. I was 35 then, and it took a lot of hard work to perfect the technique. She added, Though this procedure has become very successful, not a single insurance company has shown interest in covering IVF.
Currently, IVF treatments cost between Rs1-1.5 lakh. Dr Nandita Palshetkar, IVF expert at Lilavati Hospital and managing committee member of the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction, said Women seeking this treatment want to know why insurance companies wont cover it. Answers ON Singh of Universal Sompo General Insurance, Firstly, the IVF market is not big enough; secondly, the success ratio for this treatment is very low in our country. So its too risky for us.

1,100 convicts write Gandhi Peace Exam in 13 Maharashtra jails

Mumbai: Nearly 1,100 inmates of 13 jails in Maharashtra appeared for a Gandhi Peace Examination here on Sunday to mark the launch of the Gandhi Jayanti Week celebrations as India celebrated the 142nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an official said.The inmates were of Arthur Road Central Jail, Mumbai, and jails in Thane, Paithan, Ratnagiri, Nashik, Osmanabad, Nagpur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Yavatmal, Akola, Wardha, Bhandara, said Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal (BSM)
Chief T.R.K. Somaiya.BSM is a Gandhian charitable trust spreading the teachings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, revered as the Father of the Nation in India.

Besides, another 3,000 prisoners in jails across the state shall continue to write the examinations in small batches through the year. It provides them an opportunity to repent for their crimes and live as responsible citizens after completing their jail sentences, Somaiya told IANS.BSM along with the Gandhi Research Foundation has been organizing the Gandhi Peace Examination since the past few years as part of reformation programmes for prisoners.These include meditation, Yoga, AIDS awareness, adult education and other measures.Gandhi-based films like Gandhi,Do Aankhen Barah Haath, Bapu Ne Kaha Tha, Lage Raho Munnabhai and many more are screened for 15,000 convicts in jails around the year, Somaiya said.Laxman Gole, formerly a hard core criminal is now a full-time management consultant, after reading Gandhis autobiography, My Experiments With Truth, Somaiya said.Yesterday, he (Gole) delivered an inspiring lecture on Gandhi and Management to the 360 students and faculty of the Chetana Institute of Management Studies, Bandra, Somaiya said.

Over 550 National Service Scheme students from 75 colleges here pledged on the occasion of the International Non-Violence Day Sunday to walk on the path of Gandhiji, the Apostle of Peace and Non-Violence worldwide.

Students from 80 other colleges participated in different competitions like elocution, posters, essay writing and other aspects related to Gandhiji and his teachings. The programme was organized by BSM with the University of Mumbai.

The BSMs Gandhi Book Centre sold Gandhi-based books worth over Rs 20,000.

Rohinton Mistry shortlisted for Booker prize

Mumbai: Rohinton Mistry is among 13 authors shortlisted for the prestigious $96,070 Man Booker International Prize, where strangely British thriller writer John Le Carre withdrew his name.

Fifty-nine-year-old Canada-based Mistry, who was born in Mumbai and graduated from Mumbai University, is the author of three novels — Such a Long Journey (1991), A Fine Balance (1996) and Family Matters (2002), each of which have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Mistrys works have been widely acclaimed and his novel Such a Long Journey has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Governor Generals Award.

A Fine Balance won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Giller Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, and was nominated for Oprahs Book Club Best Novel in 2001.Mistrys other novel Family Matters was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2002, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The nominations were announced by the chair of judges, Rick Gekoski, on Wednesday at a media conference held at the University of Sydney. The prize winner will be announced at the Sydney Writers Festival on May 18 and the presentation ceremony will take place in London on June 28.

MU to spend R 5 crore on modernising exam system

Mumbai: The University of Mumbai is planning to spend more than Rs 5 crore to modernise its examination system. It will prepare a computerised bank of questions during the year. This will enable it to set question papers without delays.The universitys senate is meeting on March 18 and 19 to discuss issues related to the examination system. The budget for the modernisation project is expected to be approved at this meeting. The plans include improving the security of the exam process with measures like photographs of students on mark sheets.Every year, the university conducts more than 1,000 exams in 650 colleges. This year, the universitys budget is expected to cross Rs 300 crore.

Authorities waste a lot of time pursuing paper setters before exams. We have planned a computerised question bank. Subject teachers will put questions in it and experts can pick questions from it to set the paper, said a senior official.

Since the university has a centralised assessment system, there are only two centres for assessment of answer papers. The university is planning to decentralise this process and hopes to create around 15-20 centres across its jurisdiction to evaluate papers.

Each assessment centre will function as a workstation and examiners working at the centres will get smart cards to access the place.

University employee held for killing mother, brother

Mumbai: The personal assistant cum stenographer to the vice chancellor of the Mumbai University has been arrested on charges of killing his elderly mother and 45-year-old brother.

Gopal Krishnan, 47 a resident of Jeevan Jyoti building in the Sainath Nagar, Ghatkopar was arrested on Friday night for killing his mentally challenged brother Jairam and bed-ridden mother Radha.

The incident came to light on Tuesday evening when Gopal returned home from work at 8.15 pm. His neighbour Kiran Cheda discovered Gopal sitting in a corner, while the bodies of his brother and mother were lying inside.

Gopal did not say anything to Cheda then and the neighbour then informed the police about the murders. The bodies were sent for post mortem and reports revealed that Radha was strangulated and that Jairam died of severe head injuries.A senior police officer said, Gopal was our prime suspect. The death of the two had taken place 12 hours before the case came to light. The timing that Gopal said he left for work went against him and we pointed out that when the incident took place he was at home.He added Gopal had earlier said that Radahs gold chain and bangles had gone missing but they were later found in the house, ruling out the possibility of robbery. After thorough interrogation, he confessed that he killed the two as he had been very frustrated with their behaviour.After being grilled for two days Gopal finally broke down and confessed on Friday night. He told police officials that his brother Jairam, who was mentally challenged regularly quarrelled with him for no reason.

He added that his mother always supported Jairam and kept telling him that the house that he was staying in did not belong to him. On Tuesday morning Gopal was cooking food when Jairam spilled some floral waste in the wheat flour.

This led to a quarrel between the two and in an infuriated state Gopal smashed Jairams head with an iron rod, then he brought out a stone kept in he bathroom and again attacked his brother with it. Radha then started cursing Gopal and he strangulated her.
Gopal also told police officials that he could not get married as all girls rejected him when they came to know about his mentally challenged brother and ailing mother.
Gopals father Shivram died in 2006 and since then Gopal has been taking care of the two, by doing everything from cooking food to washing their clothes and cleaning the home.

Now, degree admissions to go online

Mumbai: Degree college admissions too could go online from next year. The University of Mumbai has said that colleges affiliated to it should create their own website for online admissions from the academic year 2012-13.

Experts feel degree college students are experienced enough to fill online forms for admission, instead of being forced to visit colleges to collect and submit forms.Over 500 colleges are affiliated with the varsity and every year, 6 lakh students take admission into various courses, apart from traditional steams like Commerce, Science and Arts.

Before taking the final call, we will talk to college principals. We want each college to create its own website to create more transparency in the process. It may not be possible for the university to do this because there are more than 200 courses, said Dr Rajpal Hande, director, board of college and university development.Dr TA Shivare, principal of Hinduja College at Charni Road, said it was a good idea to make degree admissions an online process. Many colleges already have their own websites. We already have the college form put up on our website that can be downloaded. Students only have to send a Rs 100 demand draft to the college while submitting the form, said Shivare, who is also chairman of the Association of Non-government Colleges.Dr VN Magre, principal of Kirti College in Dadar, said that online admissions will save a lot of time and man power. The university should be congratulated for proposing this idea. I do not think anyone will object to this plan, said Magre.

Varsity will keep eye on BCom internal marks

Mumbai: Scoring the full 40 marks allotted for internal assessments under the new credit system wont be as easy as it seems, not for commerce students at least. A separate vigilance committee will be set up to verify marks allotted to each student once the results are out. Colleges found indulging in malpractices will face strict action.

Unfortunately, being in the good books of teachers will no longer give students an advantage in internal assessments. Under the new credit system, in cases where full marks are allotted for internal assessments by individual colleges, the department of commerce has decided to form a committee to verify them. The committee will be responsible for verifying all internal assessments conducted at different institutes within six months from the date of the declaration of results.
The monitoring committee will be set up by the department itself to avoid any favouritism or other malpractices in internal assessments done by colleges. The committee will be constituted of good and experienced teachers from the stream, said Dr Madhu Nair, dean of commerce at Mumbai University. Nair is currently discussing this system with varsity authorities.Nair added, It is not always even about favouritism. Colleges tend to give unexpectedly good marks in the internal assessments as they want their colleges overall result to be good. Hence, this monitoring is needed.He continued, The committee cannot see the internal assessments marks before the results are declared as per regulations. According to the norms, internal assessment marks have to be submitted to the varsitys exam house by the colleges directly. However, once the results are declared, the committee will verify the internal assessments. The committee will have to give its report within six months from the declaration of results.

Five fake teachers taught in schools for 17 yrs

Mumbai: The state education department on Monday has found out that at least five teachers used fake degree certificates to secure jobs in schools in Goregaon and Jogeshwari.The department conducted an inquiry in a few schools in the suburbs after a fraud involving fake teachers possessing bogus bachelor of education (BEd) and bachelor of arts (BA) degree certificates was brought to light by the Teachers Democratic Front (TDF), an association of school teachers.The department has procured letters from the university concerned that prove that the teachers have been using bogus degrees for the past 17 years. Bhuvendra Pratap Singh, Parasnath Singh, Bijuram Yadav, Avghesh Kumar Girija Shukla from Swami Vivekananda School, Jogeshwari and Shyamlal Yadav and Dayashankar Tiwari from Jawahar Vidyalaya in Goregaon used fake certificates to get jobs as language and social science teachers in the secondary section.

Acting on a tip-off, TDF members asked for the documents of teachers from schools around Jogeshwari and Goregaon. They found that five teachers allegedly had bogus degrees and certificates from Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwa Vidyalaya, Varanasi. Our sources informed that one of the officials of a school in Goregaon is an agent who issues such duplicate documents. So far, we have busted only five, but there are more teachers out there who have cheated their way into teaching positions, said Janardhan Jangle, secretary, TDF.

For the purpose of authentication, the education department and Mumbai University sent a letter to the university in Varanasi requesting them to verify the certificates of these teachers on the basis of their identity number. Documents from the university showed that the names of the students registered with the university were different from the names on the certificates we possessed, said PR Pawar, education inspector, western zone.

For instance, while Bhuvendra Pratap Singhs certificates showed that his identity number is 235, the university rolls show that it belongs to Dinesh Chandra. Similarly, Dayashan-kar Tiwaris ID number 167 belongs to another person.The education department has withdrawn the approval of these teachers and initiated an inquiry on them. The letters and other documents have been submitted to Mumbai university for further investigation.

If the teachers cannot prove the authenticity of their certificates, then we will lodge an FIR against them and bar them from teaching anywhere else, added Pawar.

Bezbaroas granddaughter dance guru Ritha Devi – I

R K Padmapati
While searching for information on the heritage building of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa at Sambalpur, I came across the reminiscences of Ritha Devi recorded in the form of an article by her in a book published on the occasion of the birth centenary of Lakshminath Bezbaroa. Bezbaroa, shifted to this building on Saturday, April 19,1924. The heritage building still stands by the side of the river Mahanadi at Kachari Chowk (renamed now as Nelson Mandela Chowk). In the article, she recalled her childhood days of taking part in small plays, staged in the drawing room of this building along with her brother – Swaroop and playing with her grandfather – Lakshminath Bezbaroa. Her brother Swaroop Mukherjee is no more, he died in 1993, Ritha Devi told me. But she is still young at heart at the age of 85, physically capable of doing her regular dance practice two to three hours a day. She was born on Saturday, December 6, 1924 at Baroda. Bezboroas diary reads: Aruna gave birth to a female child this morning at Baroda, got a wire just now at 2.30 pm.

Among the grandchildren of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Ritha Devi shot into fame internationally. She was born and spent her early days at Baroda state. After she graduated in English and Sanskrit from Bombay University (Baroda University was affiliated to Bombay University at that time), she came to Shillong.

As a fellow Assamese, I was naturally curious to know more about her, tried to gather some information from various sources like Anubhaba Doshi, a disciple of Ritha Devi of Pune, who gave me a number which unfortunately was invalid. My search went on and continued for some more time. But it was Rati Kanta Mohapatra, a dance guru of repute of Bhubaneswar who took all the trouble to give me the contact number though he was busy in the class. I was successful to establish contact with her on May 10, 2010.

It is to be mentioned here that this heritage building was gifted to Ritha Devis mother Aruna on November 25, 1936. In Bezbaroas diary there is an entry: I have today gifted my Sambalpur house to Aruna by registered deed.

At the very first attempt, I was able to establish contact with Ritha Devi. I was delighted when she immediately responded in positive to my query that she is the granddaughter of Lakshminath Bezbaroa of Assam.

It was a very cordial and cooperative conversation. She offered me all the help. She has indeed inherited a high order of refinement from both the families of RN Tagore and Lakshminath Bezbaroa and of course of her father Satyabrata Mukherjee, Sonar Jamai of Bezbaroa. At once I passed on the information to Prafulla Bezbaroa of Sibasagar, one of her relatives and I promised her to send some photographs of that heritagebuilding of Sambalpur, that still stands, but in a most dilapidated condition.

As a youngster, she did not show any inclination towards dancing when Lakshminath Bezbaroa was living, instead Ritha Devi showed proficiency in writing poems which were published in Assamese childrens magazines at Bezboroas encouragement. Bezbaroa called her Kavi Rani (Queen of Poems) in his letters to her mother Aruna. She was hardly 12-years-old then.

Her interest in dancing grew at a later stage. While staying at Shillong, she learnt Manipuri dance from Guru Howbom Athomba Singh. She learnt many forms of Indian classical dances – Bharat Natyam from Pandanallur ChokkalingamPillai, Mohiniyattam from Guru Kalamandalam Lakshmi, Kathakali from Asan Karunakarn Panikar, Kuchipudi from Vempati Chinna Satyam. She also learmt Satriya. But, in her own words seeing the great Uday Shankar dance, I fell in love with dance instantly and the day I watched the goddess like Rukmini Devi, I decided to be a dancer.

In those days of childhood, she was puppy fat in her own words, flesh oozing out in every direction. For this reason, probably Bezbaroa had nicknamed her pumpkin in his letter to brother Swaroop. It was a sharp turn of circumstances and later on she shed all the fat in intense dedication of dance which she considers as most beautiful of all arts.

(To be concluded)

Sikkim teacher selected Noteworthy Wikimedian

GANGTOK, Nov 27 – Bhawani Shankar Gautam, a school teacher from Rhenock, East district of Sikkim has been selected as a Noteworthy Wikimedians among 41 nominations covering 20 projects by Wikipedia.

He was adjudged as the Noteworthy 2011, in terms of articles contributed by him and the number of users of the articles in the largest online resource site during the first WikiConference India 2011 held in the University of Mumbai from November 18 to 20.

The annual national flagship event for Wikipedia-Wikimedia in the country was meant to provide a common platform for all Indian Wikimedians to meet and share their views, discuss challenges and exchange useful tips, best practices and other information.

Gautam, who teaches at Tarpin Secondary School, East Sikkim has contributed around 4,000 articles to Wikipedia online resources ever since he started it on November 22, 2009. There are 24,541 editions in the website to his credit and is the first bureaucrat system administrator and also the only Indian in Nepali version ofWikipedia.

Being the only Sikkimese to have made an ubiquitous web presence, the ardent IT enthusiast also administers Sanskrit Wikipedia and is the only representative to Wikimedia India from Sikkim.

Campus chaos

On July 30, 2009, SN Sharmas joy knew no bounds when he got a letter from Mumbai University vice-chancellor Vijay Khole informing him that he has been selected as lecturer in the University of Mumbai and after clearance from the state government, the appointment letter will be issued. It then sounded like music to his ears and Sharma and family promptly went into the partying mode.

Sadly for Sharma and 21 others like him, the merry making was short lived because since then, they have heard nothing from either Mumbai University or the Maharashtra governments education department. Whats worse, they are losing hope, pretty certain by now that nothing is likely to happen to their once-bright careers.

Like Sharma, the other candidates since that fateful day in 2009, follow a set routine. They visit the registrars office at Churchgate and the education department at the Mantralya. The answer inevitably remains the same: nothing has yet been approved.

Says SS Shinde, a prospective candidate for lecturer ship, The state government had sanctioned 358 seats on March 5, 2011, for new appointments. The university had then assured us that once seats are sanctioned by the state government, we will get preference. The sanction has come but the matter has been referred back to the Mantralaya.

Mumbai University, once ranked among the premier educational institutions in the country, is in a state of decline, a startling picture of chaos and mismanagement. While it has been periodically bogged down in issues like struggling to get a vice-chancellor who could last for 365 days to functioning minus a full time registrar for more than three years, the Mumbai University is now coping with another stress: acute shortage of teaching staff.

So why not appoint the bright young men and women waiting in the wings? The present case relating to the recruitment of teaching staff tells us why.

The recruitment process started in December 2007 with 195 teaching posts being advertised in different departments of Mumbai University in the newspapers. The interviews were scheduled for July and August 2008. The university appointed only 62 selected candidates out of which four or five retired last year.

Now, despite selecting another 22, the university has them hanging high and dry despite having issued selection letters in as early as June and July, 2009. Considering the delay in finalising workload calculations and acute shortage of teaching staff, the government relaxed the selection criterion to fill up vacancies by 50 per cent in the open and 90 per cent in the reserved categories so that the university could go ahead with immediately filling up such vacancies.

However the entire purpose has been defeated due to callous indifference of university authorities. After more than three years, the process is yet to be completed. The situation is alarming enough for both students and teachers. There are some departments in Mumbai University, where departments are being managed by one single teacher.

Says an irate Akhilesh Pratap, a MA (final) student, Classes are vacant, teachers and lecturers are not available. The campus is fast becoming a picnic point for couples. Points out Zaheer Kazi senate member at Mumbai University, I am not only a senate member but a former student of this university. Then the educational environment was very good. Very intelligent student used to study here. Now the campus has become a battle ground for politicians. The quality of education is going from bad to worse. In the last two meetings which Qazi attended, he noticed that the agenda barely touched upon the quality of education. His hope, however, rests with the students. ``I think things will change. Students are very serious now and I am confident that they will change the system.

Nor are the university authorities keen to answer ticklish questions. Rajan M. Welukar, vice chancellor of Mumbai University, I am not the concerned person. Meet Rajpal S. Hande, director board of colleges and university development and the registrar. They will answer your queries. Interestingly, Welukar is facing charges against his own appointment to the top job and the matter is pending in the Bombay High Court. Petitioners have alleged that his appointment was largely political. When this magazine approached Rajpal S.Hande, we were directed to come two days later. Two days later, he was too busy to talk. He nonetheless told this reporter to send him an email. His reply to the email? Kindly talk to the registrar. These are under his purview. Back to square one.

When approached, Murlidhar S. Kurhade registrar of the Mumbai University denied all allegations saying, The selection of 22 candidates is not in our hands, it is a financial matter and without direction from the Mantralya, no joining letters can be issued. Like the registrar, Maneesha Kulharni, former student and employee of the university states, In a big organisation we have many problems, but you have to be positive. The university has done a lot of good work. Good and bad is the part of our life. Try telling that to the 22 waiting for their appointment letters.


1857 Nothing can be more ironic and contrasted than this. When the rest of India rose in mutiny against the British culture and influence, University of Bombay was founded in the Fort Campus to do the opposite. One of the first educational institutions established by the British in India, following Sir Charles Woods Dispatch on Education in 1854, University of Bombay paved way for the establishment of similar institutes of higher education in Calcutta and Madras too.

Indian scientist awarded Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship

A young Indian scientist has been awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellowship for his research in macromolecular chemistry, involving work on targeting cancer cells and in inflammation using ligands and hyper-branched polymers.

Dr. Jayant Khandare, who is currently working with Piramal Life Sciences Limited, has joined the galaxy of researchers Humboldtians, 44 of whom have so far received the Nobel Prize. The Germany-based Humboldt foundation promotes academic cooperation between top scientists and scholars from within and outside that country.

Khandare has worked with Rainer Haag, an eminent Professor at Freie University, Berlin- known worldwide for designing tree like nano sized hyper-branched polymers. The Foundation awards post-doctoral, experienced researchers and many other prestigious fellowships every year.

Khandare is M. Pharm in Pharmaceutics from University of Mumbai, and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. He has been a Post Doctorate Research Fellow at Childrens Hospital, and Chemical Engineering Department, Detroit, and a Research Associate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA for 4 years. He is currently working at Piramal as a Senior Research Scientist in Polymer Chemistry Group and has published 28 high peer international papers, six approved US patent applications, and four book chapters to his credit. He has also published two books in popularisation of science series.

2010 action-packed year for literature in India

2010 was an action-packed year for literature in India with some exciting titles hitting book stands, writers achieving new heights and controversies having their share as well.

The year saw publishers coming out with numerous titles on genres like business, biographies and memoirs, commercial and mass market fiction, literary fiction, self help, chik-lit and culinary.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was the unlikely newsmaker of the year as his memoir Keeping the Faith criticised the policies of his own party ? the CPI-M ? and the Left Front and recounted the events that led to his expulsion from the party.

Chatterjee also blamed CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karats arrogance for the partys poll debacles in his book.

India-born Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry was also in the news after his book Such a Long Journey was withdrawn by Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University from BA syllabus in September after Shiv Senas student wing alleged that it contained derogatory remarks about Maharashtrians. Later in an open letter, the writer expressed profound dismay at the expeditious decision by the university.

Indias voracious writer-columnist Khushwant Singh continued his passion for writing and came out with four books during the year ? The Sunset Club, City Improbable, Absolute Khushwant and Why I Supported the Emergency.

A Delhi couple falling in love while waiting for a traffic light to turn green in the capital figured in one of the several stories of celebrated British writer Jeffrey Archers new book And Thereby Hangs a Tale that had a special India launch. The author was in India for the launch.

Daman Singh, the writer daughter of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, came out with her second novel The Sacred Grove and disclosed her plans to write a book about her parents during an interview with PTI.

India was the guest country at the 23rd Turin International Book Fair in Italy from May 13-17.

Buoyed by the success of IIM alumni Karan Bajajs debut work Keep off the Grass, HarperCollins undertook a unique and massive marketing campaign for the first print run of an impressive 50,000 copies of his second novel, a thriller called Johnny Gone Down.

Rana Dasguptas Solo won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Fault Lines fetched the Goldman Sachs Award for Best Book for Raghuram Rajan and Manu Josephs Serious Men bagged the Hindu Literary Award.

Three cookbooks by Westland Ltd, Flash in the Pan: What to Cook and How, How the Banana Goes to Heaven and Hajras Recipes of Life, for Life were named by Gourmand as the best cookbooks from India.

Eight books of poetry, four novels, three collections of short stories, four works of criticism, one travelogue, an autobiography and a play were among the literary works in 22 languages that won the Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2010.

The poets honoured are Aurobindo Uzir (Bodo), Arun Sakhardande (Konkani), Gopi Narayan Pradhan (Nepali), Vanita (Punjabi), Mangat Badal (Rajasthani), Mithila Prasad Tripathi (Sanskrit), Laxman Dubey (Sindhi) and Sheen Kaaf Nizam (Urdu).

The novelists who have won the award are Bani Basu (Bengali), Esther David (English), Dhirendra Mehta (Gujarati) and M Borkanya (Manipuri). Uday Prakash (Hindi), Nanjil Nadan (Tamil) and Manoj (Dogri) have won the awards for their short story collections. Keshada Mahanta (Assamese), Rahamath Tarikere (Kannada), Basher Bashir (Kashmiri) and Ashok R.

Kelkar (Marathi) won the awards for their books of criticism.

The other winners are the former Union Minister M.P.

Veerendra Kumar (Malayalam) for his travelogue, Pathani Pattnaik (Oriya) for his autobiography and playwright Bhogla Soren (Santhali).

Leading publishers HarperCollins, Penguin, Rupa, Roli, Sage, MacMillan among others had several successes.

The year 2010 is coming to a close and we are yet again celebrating with multiple successes this year.

HarperCollins India has seen growth and remarkable sales figures in different categories and genres. A lot of our new imprints like Collins Business and Harper (the imprint for young adult series) continue to grow stronger with every new release, Lipika Bhushan, marketing manager of HarperCollins-India, told PTI.

The Jaipur Literature Festival 2010 brought together writers and artists from across continents, cultures, forms and genres including Vikram Chandra, Alexander McCall Smith, Hanif Kureishi, O P Valmiki, Wole Soyinka, Stephen Frears, Roberto Calasso, Tina Brown, Shashi Tharoor, Gulzar, Tarun Tejpal, Arvind K Mehrotra, Girish Karnad, Roddy Doyle, Lawrence Wright and Niall Ferguson.

The festival also hosted writers from Pakistan, including Salima Hashmi, Ali Sethi, Asma Jahangir and Shoukat Shoro. There were over 170 authors attending the festival with a healthy mix of the east with the west.

Over 30,000 people attended the many sessions and workshops during the course of the festival. These included high commissioners and ambassadors and cultural heads of international missions, delegates from Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi, publishers, students, University professors and guests of sponsors and supporters of the festival.

The year will also be remembered as the famous Hay Literary Festival had its first Indian edition in Kerala in November. The three-day extravaganza of literature and performances themed on literary genres saw the presence of Irish musician and writer Bob Geldof, filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan and authors Vikram Seth William Dalrymple and O N V Kurup among others.

The year also saw the passing away of P Lal, founder of one of Indias oldest creative publishing houses Writers Workshop, in Kolkata.

Diploma in Psychology

For all those fascinated with the world of psychology, here s a new course that might appeal to you. The Department of Applied Psychology at the University of Mumbai is offering a part-time advanced diploma course in counselling psychology. Classes for the same will begin from next month. Students with a postgraduate degree in the field of counselling psychology will be given preference for the course. As to the minimum eligibility criteria, the applicants should have passed M.A. in psychology or equivalent from a recognised university.

The exact date for the commencement is not known yet, but it will begin sometime in August this year. The prescribed application forms for the course will be available at the Department of Applied Psychology, Mumbai University. Application forms should be submitted to the head of department on or before July 24.

MU s Department of Applied Psychology offers courses in fields of clinical,
counseling, industrial and social psychology. The department also offers Master degree and advance diploma course in the field of Applied Psychology.

Contact details for form submission
Address: C.D. Deshmukh Bhavan, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098.
Phone No.: 022-26543300- 26543000 Ext. # 3441-3439
Email: drpriscilla@rediffmail.com

Varsity teachers get Rs90 lakh grant for research

To encourage research among faculty from colleges affiliated to the Mumbai University, the university has granted Rs90 lakh to teachers across streams for research projects this year. Individual teachers across colleges undertake these minor research projects. The highest amount sanctioned for any project is Rs50,000. Last year, Rs50 lakh was sanctioned for minor research projects.

Grants have been given to 326 researchers across more than 100 colleges in the Mumbai University jurisdiction that includes Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. The university is keen on promoting research and has almost doubled the amount sanctioned for minor research projects this year, said Rajpal Hande, director, Board of College and University Development.If we see that more faculty members are interested in doing projects and more funds are required, we will increase the amount to meet the demand, added Hande.

Research grants were given to faculty members from arts, science, commerce, pharmacy and engineering colleges.
Some of the more popular research projects are in subjects such as economics, education, commerce, physics and chemistry.
Teachers will be sent their approvals during the week and the money will be made available by the end of the month.
Faculty proposals go through a selection process where their proposals will be scrutinised by a committee comprising the dean of the faculty and subject experts. Once the proposal is studied, the committee decides how much to grant each project.

Mumbai varsity probing mgmt course paper leak

The University of Mumbai is investigating a possible leak in a Third Year Bachelor of Management Studies (TYBMS) paper that students took on Friday. Hours before students appeared for the Human Resources Management paper in the morning, National Students Union of India (NSUI) members said they had received text messages from an anonymous source listing out questions that would appear in the exam.

Around 10,000 students appeared for the paper, the last one of the fifth semesters exam.HT compared the questions mentioned in the message with the actual exam paper: all six questions across both sections of the two-hour long, 60-mark paper were the same. The University has set up a committee to investigate the matter. We heard rumours in the morning and we have taken the matter very seriously, said Vilas Shinde, controller of exams. We will take strict action if this is true. We need to find out where it has leaked, who leaked it, how it happened. He said the committee would announce its decision in two days.

The university should ensure that honest, hardworking students do not suffer, said Suraj Singh Thakur, state president of the NSUI. It has become easy to indulge in such wrongdoings because the university employs so many temporary staff members nowadays who are unreliable.

Rose Garden at Mumbai University

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Mumbai Universitys Kalina Campus will welcome a new member. A rose garden will be inaugurated at the entrance of the University by MMRDA commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad and pro-vice chancellor AD Sawant today. In order to raise awareness about the growing climatic changes, for the first time in its 150-year-old history, the University has grown a rose garden in the Kalina campus with over 10,000 varieties of the flower.

Commenting on beautifying the campus, pro-vice chancellor, and the president of the a Mumbai Rose Society (MRS), Sawant said, The Mumbai Rose Society (MRS) is our partner in beautifying the campus. The rose garden is a move for students to come forward and help in environmental causes.

The campus currently has a couple of small beds in front of the convocation hall in Fort and another one at the vice-chancellors bungalow with around 50 plants.

The symbol of love and happiness, the rose is an internationally acclaimed flower with scientific relevance as well. The rose plant can absorb 100 cubic foot of carbon dioxide and give out 60 per cent of it as oxygen. The location of the rose
garden at the university is an ideal one, as it is open to the sky that will fetch the flowers ample sunlight.

Univ yet to adopt new Ph.D norms

Delay by the Mumbai University in adopting new guidelines framed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to register Ph.D students, could cost some PhD students a year. Last June, the UGC had framed new guidelines including an entrance test for Ph.D candidates. But this year, the university has admitted candidates based on the old norms without conducting an entrance test.

The UGCs 2009 notification states that candidates who have completed their PhD without following the new guidelines will
not be recognised.

Acting vice-chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy said that many of the researchers, who had enrolled in the intervening period, and some others who enrolled before the guidelines were put in place, had done a lot of work on their thesis.
How do we now conduct an entrance test for them? Krishnamurthy said she did not have the figure of the number of PhD students who enrolled in the last ten months.

The guidelines for registering PhD students were finalised in the first week of May this year by the university and submitted it to the acting vice-chancellor, said a university dean, who requested anonymity.
BCUD director V N Magre said that the university is going to ask UGC how to deal with these cases.
After UGC draws new guidelines, there is always some time that university bodies are allowed to take to study the norms and adapt them to their local needs, he said.

Final-year engineering syllabus revised

From this year, final-year engineering students will have practical exams. At least two subjects in each engineering branch will have a practical component that will carry either for 25 or 50 marks. The academic council, a governing body of the University of Mumbai, approved the revised syllabus on Tuesday. The practical exam will be conducted by an external examiner.

This way, colleges will have the latest equipment in their laboratories. The examiner will have the mandate to check on the equipment. There are cases where colleges dont buy the latest technology; this system will keep a check on them, said Sandeep Sahare, dean of technology. Over the last few years, the entire engineering syllabus has been updated year-wise. The first-, second- and third-year courses have also introduced practical examinations.
Final-year students are glad. Engineers need to have practical experience. It will also give us the opportunity to score full marks, said Ramesh Jalan, a final-year student.

Apart from the syllabus approval, the academic council also allowed colleges to admit additional students up to 15 per cent of their intake capacity.This is because many students cancel their admissions once they get into other colleges. So colleges can apply to the university for additional intake. Earlier, the additional intake allowed was a maximum of 10 per cent. Already 29 colleges have applied for extra intake.

Provisional degrees to get graduates started faster

Mumbai University graduate will now get provisional degree certificates along with their marksheets so that they can immediately start applying for jobs or post graduate courses. Currently, they get their degree certificates at the convocation, which is often delayed. The universitys Board of Examination met on Monday and decided to issue a provisional degree certificate to students at a minimum fee.

Controller of examinations Vilas Shinde said that, to date, the university used to issue a special certificate, a cream A4-size sheet, slightly thicker than ordinary paper, to graduates who requested for a provisional certificate for Rs. 100. The certificate merely said that the holder of this certificate would be issued a degree in the ensuing convocation. But, several agencies did not accept this. The provisional degree will be more acceptable, said Shinde.

Usually, the University of Mumbai starts declaring the results by June and the convocation ceremony is not held before November. Now, they will have a provisional degree certificate that will be cheaper. It will mention the name of the candidate who has graduated, his-her class apart from the fact that the convocation certificate would be handed out soon, said Shinde.

Also, answerscripts will now be more secure with the university approving barcoding of answersheets from the second half of the academic year of 2010. Barcoding will ensure the students identity is not be revealed and ensure transparency during assessment. Barcoding will allow transfer of a students marks onto the computer instantly instead of teachers manually entering them.

Proposal to build universitys sub-centre in Thane takes off

Nearly four years after its announcement, the foundation stone of Mumbai Universitys sub-centre was laid on Tuesday at Balkumb in Thane (West). The sub-centre will benefit more than two lakh students from the district. Initially, the sub-centre will have an administrative set-up wherein students get forms for eligibility, re-evaluation and other university-related issues, instead of going to Kalina.

Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik laid the foundation stone. State minister for higher technical education, Rajesh Tope, and vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai Rajan Welukar were also present.I dont look at this as a sub-centre but as a campus. Though it will be used for administrative purposes initially, we want to develop the campus, Welukar said.
The announcement for the sub-centre was made in August 2006, after which, a plot was allotted by the BMC in August 2007. In March 2009, the varsity acquired the plot after de-reservation. Welukar said it will take at least six months to start work on the centre because they are yet to make a plan. Tope said with the sub-centre coming up, Thane should be developed into an educational hub. The project will cost around Rs. 60 crore. The legislators from Thane have promised Rs. 5,00,000 each, he said.

Varsity sets up new panel to look into PhD norms

The University of Mumbai has again set up a committee for new PhD regulations. This, despite the acting Vice Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy finalising the new procedure a month ago. But the new V-C Rajan Welukar undid the process and set up another committee to study the UGC regulation and then design the method of registering PhD candidates.

The new norms, prescribed by the University Grants Commission more than a year ago, states that all PhD aspirants have to pass an entrance test. But the university has not yet implemented the new norms and has been registering students on the basis of the old norms, including states technical and higher education minister Rajesh Tope. When questioned about Topes PhD application, which was finalised on Friday, Welukar said though Tope is only a graduate, he can directly apply for a PhD because a university ordinance allows graduates with experience to apply without a postgraduate degree.

He said that Tope had given a presentation to change his field of specialisation from engineering to commerce.
UGC norms are law of the land and it will be applicable to all. A lot of students have applied since the new PhD ordinance and there will be no discrimination. We will implement the new regulations in the next two months, said Welukar.

Members also took up the issue on the ordinance passed by the state in September 2009, which said that academic members of governing bodies including the Senate, must have a PhD.During the previous meeting of the Senate in March, it had passed a resolution to appoint a committee that will appeal to the government to withdraw the ordinance. The committee appointed was supposed to meet Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. A writ petition has also been filed in the court against the ordinance.

On Monday, however, senate members alleged that the Chancellors office has not yet given them an appointment.
Since senate elections are due in September 2010, members said the university should not be in a hurry to issue election notification without meeting the chancellor or the CM. We will seek legal advice on the suggestions made by the Senate members so that there are no complications later. Also, we wont issue the election notification, said Welukar.

Mumbai University result out in in 10 days

For the first time in the history of University of Mumbai, results for the final year bachelor of commerce examinations (TY B Com), conducted last week, were declared in 10 days by evolving a new methodology. The October examinations for TY B Com, in which 19,000 students appeared, got over on October 18 and the results went online on Saturday, said Rajpal S Hande, director, Board of Colleges and University Development.

The March-April exam results will also be declared within 20 days. This (faster declaration of results) is part of the examination reforms that the new vice- chancellor Rajan Welukar has promised to the students, he said.
The university faced criticism after the March-April examination results were declared after 89 days as against the statutory requirement of 45 days.

Therefore, the university developed a new strategy to fast track the declaration of results, Hande said.
We set up six centralised assessment of papers (CAP) centres at South Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane, he said.
The entire process reduced the time of travel for teachers to the Kalina campus (in suburban Mumbai) for evaluation.
For the March exam next year, when nearly 6.5 lakh students from 650 colleges are likely to appear, the number of CAP centres will be raised to 15-20, Hande said.

A first, university organises edu fair

The University of Mumbai for the first time is oraganising an education fair for students. The French department is collaborating with Campus France and the French Embassy in India to hold the fair on November 18 at the universitys convocation hall at Fort. About 15 universities and language centres including prestigious ones such as Aix-en-Provence, Annecy, Besançon, Caen, Chambéry, and Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, will be part of the day-long fair which is called Mission FLE: Learn French in France

These educational fairs are usually very commercial affairs in fancy five star hotels with expensive registration fees. Mission FLE offers direct dialogue and interaction, said Neha Pradhan, who is pursuing a Masters in French from the University of Mumbai.

The event will allow students and professors to interact directly with representatives from these universities.
It will also facilitate collaboration between Indian French language departments and the universities for exchange programmes for students and faculty.

Apart from Mumbai, the fair will also be held in Chennai and Delhi. A BA in French was introduced in Mumbai university because of the efforts of Sir Pherozeshah Mehta and Justice Trimbak Telang who voted a motion in the Senate in 1886.
Today, French language, literature and culture are taught as a special five year programme.

Fifteen French universities choose to reach out to the students and teachers of French in Mumbai and its environs from this very campus. This is a proud and happy moment for all of us, said Vidya Vencatesan, head, department of French at the university.

Mumbai university to get accreditation in 4 months

The government has assured it will quicken the process for renewing the accreditation of the University of Mumbai University. The universitys five-star National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grading had expired in 2007 and not been renewed since. The government said the
accreditation will be renewed in four months when Shiv Senas Member of Legislative Council, Deepak Sawant, raised the issue on Monday.
There has been a delay in reapplying for the NAAC accreditation. However, I assure the House we will ensure the NAAC accreditation is renewed in the next four months, Minister for Higher Education, Rajesh Tope, told the Legislative Council.
When members of the Opposition asked Tope why there was delay in getting the accreditation, Tope said the government will find out and take action if necessary.
The NAAC, set up by the University Grants Commission, is a body that grades an educational institution based on faculty, infrastructure and other parameters.
A NAAC accreditation increases the prestige of an institution and is now being prescribed as the standard in institutions across India.
The recently said only faculty from NAAC accredited colleges will be allowed to be part of administrative bodies of the university.
A NAAC accreditation is valid for five years after which an institution gets an extension of one year to re-apply.
The university had, however, not taken steps to apply for accreditation again.

Mumbai Univ accreditation lapsed

While the state government is stressing on universities getting its affiliated colleges accredited by national bodies, the accreditation of Mumbai University itself has expired three years ago. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), set up by the University Grants Commission, is a body that grades an educational institution based on faculty, infrastructure and other parameters. A NAAC accreditation increases the prestige of an institution and is now being prescribed as the standard in institutions across India.

In a recent amendment to qualifications for members of university administrative bodies, the state has said that only colleges and faculty from accredited colleges will be allowed to be part of these bodies. A NAAC accreditation is valid for five years.Mumbai Universitys five star accreditation, the highest grade, expired in 2007, after which an extension of one year is given to allow time for reapplication.

V.N Magare, head of the Board of College and University Development, which is in charge of coordinating the NAAC accreditation, said: There is a committee to look into the accreditation process. The committee, said university sources, is an informal set up of a few officials. It is an informal committee set up to help collate data for the detailed report that needs to be sent to the council to apply again for accreditation, said the university source.

Several colleges affiliated to the university are already reapplying for accreditation for the third time. The NAAC has even changed its grading system to A, B and C and we have been accredited with stars. This is how dated the university is, said another university official. There have been committees set up but the effort shave yielded nothing and now the whole university is in limbo because there is no official head.

Varsity sees decline in number of PhD graduates

Mumbai University has seen a 58% decline in PhD graduates in the past four years across streams. In 2008, 325 students were awarded PhD degrees, while it reduced to 134 (58 per cent decrease) in 2011. The highest numbers of PhD degrees, 85, were awarded in Chemistry in 2008,

which reduced to 20 in 2011. Similarly, in all other streams, a debacle fall in numbers has been noticed. The only exceptions are Management Studies and Hindi that a saw marginal increase in numbers. The above information was accessed in reply to the RTI application that was filed by Anil Galgali, RTI activist.The registration of PhD students is declining due to the complicated centralised entrance test (CET) and a six-month course that Mumbai University has implemented, said Abhay Pethe, ex-HOD, economics department, Mumbai University.

The process is mainly discouraging foreign students, who find hurdles in clearing the process in the limited time they are here. The entrance test is supposed to be held every six months, but in the past year no test has been conducted. The university could let autonomous departments conduct their entrance test instead of having a centralised one, Pethe said.
On the other hand, Rajpal Hande, director, board of college and university development, Mumbai University said, The completion of PhD degree depends on the pace of both guide and student. While some students are able to complete it in 3years, others may take eight or more years. The UGC wants quality research and has therefore prescribed norms such as the entrance test.

Change in B Arch course

The bachelor of architecture (B.Arch) course will be revamped over the next few months, with the Mumbai Universitys ad hoc Board of Studies for Architecture working on new course content, structure and modules.

Around 5,000 students are currently enrolled in the B.Arch programme across
the varsity.

Instead of six months of professional practice, which students undertook in their fifth year, the board of studies is now looking to make it a one-year long internship. One proposal is that students will undertake this year-long training under a practising architect in their fourth year and then return to college for the fifth year.
The overhaul comes after a 2008 proposal by the Architecture Council of India, which had recommended changes in the format.

The B.Arch course has been caught in turmoil because it is unclear to what extent the Council can determine the course vis-à-vis the All India Council of Technical Education.A previous board of studies recommendation on the revamped syllabus submitted a few years ago did not get passed in the Mumbai Universitys Academic Council.

The needs of the industry have overtaken what is being taught in colleges. The old notion of a generalist is not good enough, said Akhtar Chauhan, principal of Rizvi College of Architecture. Through the new course we hope to bring in radical reform and generate more competent, efficient and creative graduates.

Institutes have been trying to innovate on their own at the masters level. Rachna Sansad Academy recently launched three new masters courses in landscape architecture, real estate management and valuation. These courses were the need of the hour, said Pradip Amberkar, joint secretary of Rachana Sansad.

University orders probe into TYBCom examination mess

The University of Mumbai has constituted a one-man committee to probe the actions of DN Mujumdar, head of the universitys computing facility, in connection with errors in allotting centres and issuing hall tickets to students of Third Year Bachelor of Commerce (TYBCom). Mujumdar was suspended

after university officials met on Wednesday evening following the confusion.
His work related to the exam section will be looked into, said Rajpal Hande, director of the board of university and college development. He did not specify when the report would be ready.

TYBCom exams began on Wednesday. On Monday, several students were unable to get their hall tickets, either online or from their colleges. Worse was to follow on Tuesday, when the university issued a notification shifting 2,000-odd students from three centres to several other centres owing to a technical problem.

On Wednesday, some students reached their centres late after learning of the change only in the morning. I had to ask for money from whoever was around and rush to the reallocated centre in a cab, said a student who did not wish to be named. How can the university do this? They should have been more organised and informed us properly about the change.
However, the university made concessions and allowed students who showed up at their original centre to take the exam there itself. Those who reached late were also given extra time.

The Third Year Bachelor of Science (TYBSc) exams begin on March 29 and the Third Year Bachelor of Arts (TYBA) exams on April 2. The university said the error would not be repeated. The precaution has been taken and we have given instructions accordingly. There will be no problems, Hande said.

Like TYBCom, TYBSc and TYBA students hall tickets are also going to be issued online this time, closer to their exams. This is the first time the university is issuing the hall tickets online.The university is using the services of the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited, which has been giving the data for hall tickets. But they arent working properly, said Pradip Sawant, a Yuva Sena senate member. Despite this, the vice-chancellor persists with them. He said they were planning on seeking the resignation of vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar.

Error after error: Mumbai University fails simplest test

Possible paper leaks, centre allocation errors, failure to print exam papers: the past two weeks have seen a series of goof-ups by the Mumbai University. With number of colleges and students outpacing the number of teachers and administrative staff, the university finds itself mired in problems.

Ten years ago the university had 338 affiliated colleges and 3.7 lakh students, as of 2011-2012 count it had 654 affiliated colleges and 6.4 lakh students. With such a vast size the university becomes unmanageable, we need decentralisation with smaller clusters of colleges under a director, said Snehalata Deshmukh, former vice chancellor of Mumbai University. The number of students has increased but the number of teaching and non-teaching posts has not correspondingly increased.

Senate members lashed out at the university at the budget sessions on Wednesday and Thursday for these issues.
Although the university has appointed MG Shirhatti, an academic council member and director of the Oriental Institute of Management Studies, to look into the alleged paper leak, this would not be a solution to the universitys mismanagement. A text message was circulated 30 minutes before the TYBCom human resources management paper was to start on Wednesday morning. Many question in SMS actually appeared in the final question paper. The university, on Thursady, denied any paper leak. Dean of the commerce faculty TP Madhu Nair said that less than 60% similarities could be seen between Wednesdays paper and the SMS. Anyone can make this much prediction, said Nair.

Another text message was circulated on Wednesday night with questions that would appear in Thursdays Export paper for TYBCom students. However, none of the questions in the SMS and final paper matched. High drama ensued at the senate meeting, which had been convened to approve the budget, with seven Yuva Sena members being suspended by Welukar after they refused to be seated and maintain decorum for the discussion. This is probably the first ever such suspension. Welukar suspended the seven members under Section 14.11 of the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994. Yuva Sena senators then sat on a hunger strike outside.

TYBCom exam delayed after university goof-up

An error by the Mumbai University caused a one-hour delay during an examination for third year BCom students on Tuesday. The university failed to print an entire question paper set for students who belong to the Institute of Distance and Open Learning. The paper – Business Economics for

TYBCom students following the old syllabus – was eventually sent via e-mail and fax to the exam centres that complained of the error. In total, 612 distance education students appeared for the exam based on the old syllabus on Tuesday.
Of these, 98 students were unable to take the exam because the centre from which they were appearing for it (VPM College in Mulund), did not contact the university in time and was unable to receive the universitys email or fax. That college did not coordinate with us, said SM Suryavanshi, controller of exams at Mumbai University.

The distance education students were allowed an extra hour to write the exam following the delay. The 98 students who could not take the exam on Tuesday will appear for the re-exam on April 10. Vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar said that the university would take action against those responsible for this error.

University to probe paper-leak charge

The University of Mumbai, on Thursday, appointed MG Shirhatti, a member of the academic council, to probe if there had been a leak of the final year commerce paper (TYBCom) on Wednesday. Vice chancellor Rajan Welu-kar, however, insisted that there had been no leak. He also did not commit to a time frame by which the probe report would be ready.
The university can make a statement only after a thorough enquiry, said Welukar. Studen-ts shouldnt suffer. We will try and see to it that such an error does not occur again.

The universitys recent goof-ups, including the last-minute change in exam centres and officials forgetting to print a question paper, caused uproar in the legislative council. The university has ordered a probe into the incident and I will initiate action against whoever is found responsible for this mess, said Rajesh Tope, minister of higher and technical education.

Mumbai University is missing the mark

Every once in a while I take a walk from the Mumbai School Sports Association opposite Metro Cinema to the Institute of Science at Kala Ghoda. The stretch from Girgaum Chowpatty is perhaps more invigorating, with the sea breeze providing either tailwind or resistance. But Dhobi Talao to Cooperage

Bandstand is no less soothing, and bears greater testimony to the citys older and more charming legacy.
Bombay Gymkhana, opposite Fashion Street, a quaint colonial structure, dates back more than a century. The Parsi well at the junction of Cross and Oval Maidans is both a strong landmark and a symbol of a once-vibrant community that contributed so massively to the citys ethos. Then come the wonderful Indo-Gothic structures of the high court, the University and the Institute of Science; repositories of the rule of law and learning, which were, for long, the hallmarks of Mumbai culture.

You may have noticed that I have shifted into the past tense when I mentioned rule of law and education: Within this, the most lamentable has been the steady decline over decades and the hugely troubled present of Mumbai University.
While the actual campus is at Kalina and colleges affiliated to it are scattered all over, the University is best symbolised by the magnificent structure adjoining the High Court which came into existence in 1857 through the efforts of Dr John Wilson. Today, it seems to stand forlorn and in mute testimony to the problems it faces.
The last time I went to the magnificent University was a few years ago, to attend Nana Chudasamas book launch at the spectacularly restored Concovation Hall with the whos who of Mumbai in attendance. But, while conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah and conservationists like her could do so much for the building itself, there is nothing they can do for the universitys falling reputation and academic standards.

The past week, in particular, has been one of great embarrassment: wrong or leaked papers and miscommunication about venues during the exam season seem to be symptomatic of the way the university (mal)functions nowadays.
Ever since I went to college in the mid-1970s, there have been stories of exam papers being leaked. I would aver that most were rumours, but every now and then, some college professor or university clerk would be busted for running a racket to substantiate the belief that something was remiss.

My stand is that corruption in academics — as is match-fixing in sport —is almost impossible to weed out completely. But the number of such offenders is miniscule. More unedifying is the case of students being led on a wild goose-chase to find the right centre for appearing for the exams. This is a new low for the university administration, in my book even worse than leaked papers.

Imagine reaching your assigned centre at Bandra only to find out that the actual one is at Vikhroli! It can leave you either suicidal or murderous, and the university must consider it fortunate that nobody has gone to court. In some other parts of the world this would cost millions in damages.
It is hardly a surprise, therefore, that young Aditya Thackeray has swung into action, sleeves rolled up, gunning for vice-chancellor Rajan Welukars head whom he had earlier got to bend to his will and ban Rohinton Mistrys book, Such a Long Journey, from the syllabus.
The young Thackerays bellicose stand against Mistrys book was obviously an opening gambit to enter politics. Distasteful as the xenophobic approach of the Sena is, in the current situation, Aditya Thackerays objections will strike a chord with the student community.
But vice-chancellor Welukars problems run deeper than the newest Shiv Sena scion trying to make his political mark. The university has not, it seems, had a registrar or pro vice-chancellor for almost two years, which partly explains all these administrative problems with exams. Several colleges have not had principals for years and over 1,000 posts of professors and lecturers are vacant, according to senate members.
Some senate members have apparently taken exception to the fact that Welukar does not even get to work on time! The vice-chancellor also finds, once more, that allegations about his lack of adequate academic qualifications have begun. Undoubtedly, external and internecine politics — and academic institutions as well as the defence forces, as we now know only too well, are not exempt from this — have a big role to play in this, but even so.
To me, the real symptoms of malaise and decadence emerge elsewhere. For instance, the numbers of papers published by the university have fallen sharply — a sure sign of declining academic standards. Not unexpectedly, in the best-known international scale of universities, Mumbai is now ranked 578, down from 493 the previous year.
The lack of high quality research and internationalisation is touted as the main reason for the low ratings for Indian universities. It is hardly of solace that most of them — barring the IITs — are below the 500 mark. Mumbai University once boasted the best facilities, mentors and students for research; and internationalisation should be in the DNA of people from the metropolis. But these attributes are hardly likely to be developed if the seat of learning is itself in a shambles.

When he is not following sport, Ayaz Memon writes about the city and its different worlds

Varsity gets pro-VC after two years

Two years after the position of pro-vice-chancellor fell vacant at the University of Mumbai, Naresh Chandra, principal of Birla College in Kalyan, was appointed to the post on Wednesday. Governor of Maharashtra and Mumbai University chancellor K Sankaranarayanan stepped in to make the appointment. Chandra has previously served as Mumbai University pro-VC (from April 1997 to May 2000) and will take charge from Thursday.

Chandras term will either end along with the term of vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar, or once he turns 60 years old, whichever is first, said a press release from the governors office.I will try to do my best in this capacity, said Chandra, after his appointment. The pro-VC is in charge of examinations, research, the appointment of teachers and any other duties the vice-chancellor may delegate to him. If the vice-chancellor is not there for some reason, the pro vice chancellor becomes the acting vice chancellor.

Chandras appointment comes soon after the government, last week, appointed S Deo to the newly created post of director of examinations and Kumar Khaire, additional collector of Pune, to the post of registrar.The appointments come in the wake of criticism against the university for filling important posts with ad hoc officials and after a string of dministrative blunders have plagued the university in the past few weeks. These have included an exam paper leak, centre allocation errors and delayed hall tickets.

This appointment means a lot, now the administration of the university will be streamlined, said RT Sane, former Ruia College principal and head of the Guru Nanak Institute of Research and Development. There will be greater sharing of responsibility. Chandra has also been the pro vice chancellor in the past so he has administrative experience.
The government had earlier said it was considering a proposal from the university to appoint four people to four separately created posts of pro vice chancellor. At a press conference on Monday, Welukar had said, the posts will have to be created.

Mumbai varsity clears mandate for A grade marginally

The University of Mumbai has been reaccredited with a the top score —an A grade — by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) following an executive committee meeting on Saturday. This comes as a reprieve for the university after a month of blunders including a paper leak, misallocated exam centres and delayed hall tickets.
The NAAC team visited the university between March 12 and 16. Rajpal Hande, director of the board of college and university development, said: The university deserves the grade. The efforts of all teachers, non-teaching staff and students and administration is noteworthy.

The NAAC highlighted autonomous departments at the university, the process of modernising the examinations department, national and international Memorandums of Understanding with other institutions among other points.However, the university has managed to score a cumulative grade point average of only 3.05. The score range for an A grade is between 3 and 4. It has just scraped through, said an NAAC official. The score is also important, and this is a low score.

Mumbai University to prepare colleges report card

Gone are the days when colleges would prepare report cards of its students. Now, Mumbai university has taken up the responsibility to prepare report cards of all affiliated colleges to identify their strengths and weaknesses. In this one-of-its-kind initiative, Mumbai university aims at motivating affiliated colleges to improve their standard for research funds and academic excellence.

A total of 645 colleges affiliated to Mumbai university will be covered in the plan. The university is undecided when it will start the programme. Rajpal Hande, BCUD director, Mumbai university, said: There will be several criteria on which each college will be evaluated. The report card will be a formal certification of the college by the university which can then be presented to organisations by colleges if they are seeking for funding for research or similar activity.
Appreciating the programme, Sunil Mantri, principal of NM College, said: It is definitely a welcome move. If the affiliating body is going to give such recognition, it will be considered authentic. Mentoring of non-performing colleges, forming groups of performing colleges to create an autonomous body are some aspects which could be covered in the project.

Just 50 of 5000 Mumbai University students employable

An ambitious project carried out by the University of Mumbai to check the employability of undergraduate students studying in some of its affiliated colleges turned out to be a major embarrassment for the university. Of the 5,000 students who appeared for

the employability test conducted by the university and Delhi-based agency Aspiring Minds, only 50 could be placed.

The university and Aspiring Minds refused to divulge details of the exercise conducted between November 2011 and February 2012. However, a top university official told DNA on condition of anonymity: The results are really bad and we do not wish to make public details of the exercise.

Aspiring Minds which runs the Computer Adaptive Test (AMCAT) across India was assigned the task of testing final-year undergraduate students from four colleges in each of the five districts where Mumbai University has a presence. The agency was also supposed to arrange for their placements.

Mumbais Thakur College participated in the exercise in December 2011, but none of its 930 students belonging to various streams — BA, BCom, BSc — could be placed.The college blames the agency.

The agency asked us to arrange a re-test in April 2012 without offering a reason. Eleven students appeared for that test again, but the agency could not arrange a job for any of them, said Chaitaly Chakarvarty, Thakur College principal.

Sources said there could be many reasons for the students not getting placed — the job market is such, some students are not employable or the agency is at fault. University officials, however, are tight-lipped and refused to comment on the matter.

Aspiring Minds also promised to give a detailed report of the AMCAT score of each student, citing his-her strengths and weaknesses. Neither has it given any report nor has it been able to place any student. Even placement cells of colleges do better than this, said the principal of a city college.

Dr Mridul Nile, director of Students Welfare, University of Mumbai, who was in-charge of the programme, said the report was not bad. This was just a pilot project mainly involving rural colleges.

We are still finalising the report, he said. Tarun Girdhar of AMCAT refused to comment.

Pro vice-chancellor professor Naresh Chandra said he was unaware of the report. He added: We plan to organise personality development programmes for students to enhance their employability.

The ambitious project is supposed to be extended to all 1.5 lakh final year students studying at 400 arts, science and commerce colleges along with post-graduation students from university departments in the coming years.

University to email answer sheet

Now, students may not have to wait for six to 10 months to get a photocopy of their answer sheets or revaluation results from the University of Mumbai. The university has finally decided to go hi-tech and plans to send scanned copies of the answer sheets to the students and examiners via emails, thus saving time, effort and money.

We plan to email scanned copies of the answer sheets to students and the examiners for revaluation from this academic year. Hopefully, we would get the required infrastructure soon, said Subhash Deo, director of examination.
While IIT-JEE, Annadurai University and Gujarat Technological University have already this method to reduce delays in the revaluation process, the University of Mumbai would be the first in Maharashtra to do so.

Deo clarified that the varsity cannot adopt the entire online assessment process, on the lines of Annadurai University, this academic year.More than 2.5 lakh students appear for the varsity s final-year exams every year and nearly 20% of them — 50,000 students — apply for photocopies of their answer sheets and revaluation.

The varsity s decision to go hi-tech will help them save Rs50 per answer sheet. At present, the state government spends Rs170 for assessment of one paper. Moreover, the travelling expenses of the examiners will also reduce.Students have welcomed the initiative as they are the ones who are most affected. Ideally, the revaluation process should be completed within a month, but the delays in the revaluation process often resulted in students losing out on admission in foreign universities or even a job.

I had applied for a photocopy of my answer sheets soon after the TYBCom results in July 2011. Instead of getting them within 15 days, I got them after two months, and that too after several visits to the Kalina campus, said a first-year MCom student, who did not wish to be named.

While professors agree that the new method will reduce revaluation time, they are still sceptical. Dr Sangeeta Kohli, principal of SK Somaiya College, said: Each answer sheet has minimum 30 pages. It would be cumbersome to scan lakhs of pages with clarity and then email them to the right person. But this method would definitely reduce revaluation time.
Another examiner pointed out that checking a scanned answer sheet could be difficult and time-consuming.

Photo exhibition, ceremonial lamps mark Buddha Poornima at university

Photographs of nineteenth century paintings of Buddhist caves in Maharashtra are being displayed as part of a photo exhibit at the Mumbai University campus in Kalina. The two-day exhibition began on Sunday, marking the occasion of Buddha Poornima. Buddha Poornima is the day that commemorates Lord Buddha s birth, enlightenment and attainment of Nirvana. The exhibit, organised by the varsity s Pali department, is open to the public between 10.00am and 7.00pm on Monday.

The photographs include paintings of Ajanta, Ellora and Kanheri, created by British painters in the early 19th century. These caves are testimony to the fact that Buddhism has flourished in India over the centuries, said Yojana Bhagat, head of the Pali department at Mumbai University, and practising Buddhist.

Bhagat also said that all the ancient teachings of the Buddha were in the Pali language. The department, comprising 150 students and teachers, celebrated the occasion on Sunday with an hour-long Vipassana meditation session. They also lit 2,601 lamps, for the 2601 years since Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment.

University replaces leaked BMS paper within 3 hours

Acting in time, the University of Mumbai averted a possible exam leak on Wednesday by replacing the question paper for a final year Bachelor of Management Studies paper.

On Wednesday morning, university officials received information that questions of the international finance paper
to be held that day were doing the rounds hours before it was to begin at 3pm. This sixth semester 60-mark BMS paper is a compulsory paper, with 9,538 students following the revised syllabus appearing for it. Last month, the final year BCom marketing and human resource management paper had leaked, resulting in a re-exam.

After receiving the tip-off, university officials including members of the ad-hoc BMS board of studies, paper setters and others were informed. University officials met at the Kalina campus by noon, where they compared the question paper code of the leaked paper and the actual paper and found it was the same.

The university did not clarify how closely the papers matched. Prima facie there was some match, said Naresh Chandra, the universitys pro vice chancellor, but did not specify further. At around 12.30pm the university informed all 58 exam centres not to open the paper packets they had already received and to instead wait for a replacement question paper. Three question paper sets are prepared for every exam paper, with one of the back-up sets being used in case of such an emergency.

The fresh paper was emailed and faxed to all the centres from 2.30pm onwards. It reached some centres later than the scheduled exam start time of 3pm, but the university informed centres that all students be given extra time in case of a delay. There were no reports of any centres failing to get the fresh question paper altogether.

Class of 2010, but no degree certificates yet

MUMBAI: Several students who appeared for their final year exams in 2010 from colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai are still awaiting their degree certificates. While the university claims that there are only a few cases, students were told by officials that the convocation certificates are yet to be printed.

Students from the 2011 batch received their certificates a couple of months ago.

Those planning to study abroad have to submit their degree certificates to the respective universities within a stipulated time.

Sparsh Sharma, a students, said, We inquired at the university and were told us that the certificates are yet to be printed. I I have applied to a few universities abroad and need to submit my documents, including the convocation certificate, soon.

Another student, Geeta Rawat, from Lokmanya Tilak College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai, said, My juniors passed out in 2011 and goy their degree certificates a couple of months ago. The college has been telling us that we will get the certificates soon for several months now.

Another student claimed convocation certificates are a must for jobs in government and semi-government establishments. I appeared for my allowed-to-keep-term paper in December 2010 and I received my marksheet in March 2011. Over a year later, I am yet to get my degree certificates, said the student.

Director of examinations Subhash Deo said, There are a few students from the 2010 batch whose certificates are pending. If they approach me, I will take up their case and ensure they get their certificates soon. Students have been misinformed about their certificates not being ready, which is not the case.

Despite hiccups, Mumbai University confident of timely results

MUMBAI: Even as teachers continue to stay away from assessment of papers, the University of Mumbai has projected that the TYBCom results will be out by the end of this month as a large portion of the correction work is over.

Sample this: of the 5.04 lakh TYBCom answerbooks, 3.56 lakh have already been assessed as on Thursday. Besides, the evaluation of TYBSc answerscripts is nearing completion as 93% of the work is over (see box).

Buoyed by this trend, the university seems confident that the TYBCom results will be declared within the 45-day deadline as stipulated by the Maharashtra Universities Act.

This, though, is in sharp contrast to the universitys inability to declare the results on time in previous years even though it did not face any boycott of assessment by teachers. In fact, last year, it took over 100 days to announce the TYBCom results, missing the deadline by several weeks.

However, not everybody seems convinced.

Tapati Mukhopadhyay, general secretary of the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Union, said: No standards and procedures have been followed. The manner in which assessment has been done this year will cause a serious damage to students careers. Her statement is based on the feedback she has received from her colleagues.

Some senior teachers who were boycotting assessment started evaluation and moderation work on Thursday, only to find several discrepancies in the manner in which papers had been corrected.

In a 60-mark paper, most moderators are seeing a discrepancy of about 20 marks, said Mukhopadhyay.

A commerce teacher TOI spoke to said every paper that he moderated on Thursday had a difference of at least 22-25 marks. Usually, there is a difference of 2-3 marks in the scores awarded by a paper corrector and that of a moderator. But this time, a student who was awarded 24 marks scored 50 after moderation, he added.

However, university officials rubbished claims of a huge difference in scores. There is a model paper and a marking scheme to refer to so that there is standardization in the scoring pattern.

Apart from this, teachers have been asked to evaluate 30 papers of 100 marks a day and 40 papers of 60 marks a day to be eligible for the daily allowance. We are paying evaluators and moderators immediately after their work as advances have been released to all the assessment centres, said Subhash Deo, director of examinations.

Alumni decry Mumbai University rot

MUMBAI: This year, exam season in Mumbai University has been a testing time (pun intended) for students even by the varsitys normally shoddy standards. Hall tickets not reaching students in time, examination centres being changed at the last minute, question papers leaking and wrong papers surfacing in the exam hall added considerably to the student communitys stress levels. Now, as the latter await their results, theres more angst in store-to put examiners who have struck work in their place, the university, in a vertiginous fall even by its own standards, has reduced the minimum qualification necessary for this job. Teachers with a mere one year of teaching experience will now decide the career of hundreds of thousands of final-year students.

Eminent citizens-those who attended Mumbai University and went to its affiliated colleges during its more illustrious days-unsurprisingly responded with anger and dismay. Historian Arun Tikekar went nostalgic about the days when the university had teachers who never looked at their watches and would continue discussions till the next prof walked in. He says the university has a lot to correct in its classrooms and out of them too and expressed the hope that public-spirited people will raise their voices against the regular bungling that takes place here.

Actor Farooq Sheikh believes, like most others, that Bombay University, as it was called in his student days, has been gradually eaten away due to political interference. The glorious days will come back only if someone files a PIL in the high court and the judiciary comes down heavily on the university and directs it to uproot the rot, he said. Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, on his part, likened the university to the deplorable state of Indian hockey and said the institution had reached a new low in the measure adopted by it to get papers assessed in time. Lowering eligibility is no solution, he said. There should be a system in place by which smooth and efficient examinations are conducted and immense accountability while correcting examination sheets is also exercised.

May 20 exams for pupils hit by train trouble

MUMBAI: The University of Mumbai will conduct special examinations for final-year students who missed their exams due to the Central Railway signal failure on April 18. Nine exams were held that day. The special exams will be held on Sunday, May 20, at the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma Bhavan, University of Mumbai, Vidynagari, Kalina, Santa Cruz (E) between 11am and 2pm.

Students who were unable to appear for the exams on April 18 have to forward their applications along with their details through their colleges to the manuscripts unit, room 60, Mahatma Phule Bhavan, Vidyanagari, Kalina.

CMs town gets bus, medical college next

It was a quiet achievement for chief minister Prithviraj Chavan when the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation launched a special daily air-conditioned bus service between Mumbai and Karad, his hometown in Satara district.

The decision was well-publicised both by the information and public relations department and MSRTC. Chavan, who has been representing the Karad parliamentary constituency for decades, realized that despite his best efforts, his hometown has remained under developed. He launched a sub-regional transport office, so that vehicle buyers dont have to visit Satara to register their vehicles. Next came the foundation stone for a new airport and now the cabinet has approved a proposal for setting up a state-run medical college at Karad.

But Chavan has merely followed the path of his predecessors. In 1972, then chief minister V P Naik launched a special service between Mumbai and his home Pusad, an example followed by A R Antulay, Sushilkumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh as chief ministers. Home towns of leading politicians were also selected for setting up medical colleges, like Nanded (Ashok Chavan), Latur (Vilasrao Deshmukh), Yavatmal (V P Naik), Solapur (Sushilkumar Shinde) and Kolhapur (Digvijay Khanvilkar, then the medical education minister).

Cop tangle For home minister R R Patil, embarrassments have become the rule rather than exception. A month ago, it was discovered that a senior inspector of the crime branch was associated with gangsters, then a senior IPS official was found to have submitted over half-a-dozen applications for transfer since he was posted in Nagpurs anti-Naxalite cell. Now he has been asked to provide adequate protection to a vice-principal, Chitra Salunke, who complained about some senior IPS officials.

Six years ago, Salunke found that an IPS officer was absent in the final LLB examination but was shown to be present in his final result and declared successful. When she approached the Azad Maidan police station to lodge an FIR, her statement was not recorded despite waiting for 12 hours. Specific complaints lodged by her against the IPS officer were forwarded to seven officials but there was no redressal of her grievance. The dispute reached the Bombay High Court and it was found that absolutely no action had been taken on Salunkes complaint. Initially, the HC asked the CBI to probe the role of the eight IPS officials, but later the court directed DGP K Subramanian to probe her complaint. The DGP has initiated a probe against the IPS officials and recorded Salunkes statement. Shockingly, Mumbai University is yet to withdraw the law degree of the controversial IPS official. Salunke says ever since she lodged a complaint against the erring IPS officials, her life and that of her entire family has become miserable.

Mumbai university to declare results of undergrads in fortnight

MUMBAI: The University of Mumbai will get busy declaring results of hundreds of thousands of its undergraduate students in a fortnight. But across other varsities in the state, dust is gathering on hundreds of bundles of answer scripts that have piled up.

Assessment halls are going empty at universities in Pune, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Amravati and Kolhapur. Each university has done its bit to speed up evaluation; if Mumbai University lowered the eligibility of assessors, many others served summons to teachers and directed them to report to work; in the case of the former, questions are being raised on the quality of assessment, and little has helped in the case of the latter.

But when teachers return to work, the going will be tough as universities will work against a tight deadline. University of Pune (UoP) acting vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande , said, Assessment of courses like commerce, arts and science is hampered. Few teachers have reported so far Once teachers report for duty we will initiate steps to speed up assessment. Assessment could also be taken up in two shifts. Additional teachers will be deployed to complete assessment at the earliest. The UoP has also served noticed to the striking teachers.

Officials at North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, will approach college principals for evaluation as more than 80% work is pending. Vice-chancellor Sudhir Meshram said, Of 1,335 teachers appointed for assessment, 90 have reported. We are seeking help from teachers from nongrant colleges.

At Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, of the 5.07 lakh papers, merely 3,000 have been assessed. We had appointed 3,236 teachers for assessment, but not many were coming till last week, said controller of examinations B R Waghmare. At Shivaji University, Kolhapur , controller of examinations B M Kiredekar said, There is a serious problem with the evaluation of BA, BCom and BSc papers.At Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, assessment is on in full swing. COE Vasant Bhonsale said teachers on contract and retired faculty are assessing papers. Even at Mumbai University, teachers have started reporting in good numbers, said pro vice-chancellor Naresh Chandra.At Dr B R Ambedkar Marthwada University, first year results of more than 69,000 students were declared on Monday.

Fee revision panel for under-grad courses in Mumbai University

For the first time, a fee revision committee will be set up for under-graduate courses.

The University of Mumbai took this decision during a meeting with at last 400 city college principals on Tuesday.

There will be separate committees to revise the fee structure of individual courses at the varsity affiliated colleges. However, this committee will take the final decision for all courses on the basis of the recommendations given by the individual course level committees, said Rajpal Hande, BCUD director at the meeting.

For the first time, the varsity will also have an annual calendar for the research and recognition committees activities to encourage research work. Around Rs90 lakh will be allotted for minor research activities in the university. Last year, the fund was Rs45 lakh, he added.

Among other crucial decisions taken at the meeting were increasing the monetary compensation given to teachers for assessment and the number of Centralised Assessment Process centres, requesting colleges to appoint full-time principals and taking action against colleges that do have appropriate number of faculties to run a course.

The university is also contemplating sending the question paper to all exam centres through e-mail. This proposal comes in the wake of several question paper leak incidents.

During the meeting, the university also decided that from the next academic year, the question paper bundle will be opened in front of two students, chief conductor and joint conductor of exams to ensure confidentiality.

While credit and grading system that was initiated this academic year will be soon reviewed, appropriate scheduling and re-scheduling of exams will be done to suit the system for the next academic year.

Issuing provisional mark-sheet online on the day of the result will be regular process now for all courses. On Tuesday, provisional mark-sheets were put up on the website for the BScIT course.

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MUMBAI: Teachers in colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai might be in serious trouble if they teach in a private coaching class or run it themselves. They might lose their licence to teach, said an official.

After a teacher from a Karjat college, arrested in the paper leak case, was found to have allegedly sold the papers to students in his coaching class, the varsity has decided to come down heavily on such offenders.

Court allows three arrested students to take exams

The Esplanade Court on Friday allowed three students, who are among the 14 arrested in the Mumbai Universitys (MU) engineering paper-leak case, to appear for their exams. However, the students, who are in police custody, are to be escorted to the exam centre.

Fourteen persons, including professors, lab assistants, MU peons and students were brought to the court on Friday for police remand. The court extended their custody till June 12. Students Kiran Labade, 25, Sunil Mohite, 21, and Diwakar Talekar, 22, had given application in court seeking permission to give their exams.

While Mohite is to appear for an exam on material technology subject on Friday, Labade is to appear for Chemistry-I exam on Saturday. Both exams are to be held at Karjats Yadavrao Tasgaonkar College. The police had cross-checked with the college about the exam date and also if Mohite and Labade were to take it and found it to be true. Talekar is also to appear for an exam at the Mumbai University on Friday for which he had asked the courts permission, which was granted.

University not capable of conducting exams: Students

MUMBAI: Even as the inquiry committee and the police probe gave their last word on the three engineering question papers that leaked last month, students remain unsure of what lies ahead. The angst of most students was palpable as they deemed the universitys inability to plug the leaks unfortunate .

The University of Mumbais Board of Examinations (BoE) will meet on Friday to decide on conducting a re-examination . Students said their worst fears are coming true as the university would, in all likelihood, announce a re-exam for all the papers that had leaked.

Mumbai Universitys leaks and loopholes

The investigations into the Mumbai university engineering question paper leaks have pointed fingers at the involvement of a third group.

The Crime Branch officials now suspect the role of another peon of the university in the question paper leak case. The police came to know about the involvement of the third group after questioning one of the peons arrested in the case.

Bharat Singh, a temporary peon working with the manuscript department of the Mumbai university, was arrested for leaking the Maths-II and Physics-II papers. Singh told the police that he was not able to sell one of the papers as that paper was already available in the market.

Singh had stolen the papers when he was asked to keep the bunch of question papers in the wrack. After stealing the paper, he smartly sealed the envelop. Singh told us that he wasnt able to sell one paper as there were no buyers. He told us that the paper was available in the market before he stole them, said a senior police official.

University officials came to know about the leak at the last moment and they set an alternate paper for the exams.
We are trying to find out the third group. We have got circumstantial evidence of the involvement of the third group but we still have to get some proof, said the officer.

The police have caught two groups, who were behind the
paper leak. One group is from Karjat where professors of the Konkan Gyanpeeth College of Engineering procured the Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BEEE) paper through lab assistants.

The second group comprises peons of the Mumbai university, who were involved in leaking Maths-II and Physics-II papers.

Singh opened the envelop within five minutes after it was sealed and he knew that in that time period, it can be opened as gum takes time to dry. After taking the paper from envelop, he again sealed it and kept it in the wrack, said a police officer.

The papers didnt have any mention of the subject or the class as there is a decoding system. Singh had an access to the decoding register from where he came to know about the details of the paper, said the officer.

The police are now trying to find out how Singh got an access to that register as it was under the supervision of an assistant registrar.

Another exam paper was leaked but it was replaced quickly:Cops

Mumbai, Jun 6 (PTI) The police, probing the leak of three engineering question papers, today claimed one more subjects question paper was leaked but the University of Mumbai, on learning about it, replaced the exam paper at the eleventh hour and the test was held as per schedule. Police suspect a separate group was involved in the leak of the fourth paper and not the group of 14 persons arrested over the last two days in three paper leak cases. Police have arrested 14 persons, including two professors of a city college, four University peons and five students in connection with the leak of three engineering question papers last month. The leaked papers were of Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BEEE) for ATKT (allowed to keep term) students, Applied Physics-II and Maths-II paper, the exams of which were held on May 26, 23 and 18 respectively as per schedule. During the probe, we stumbled upon the leak of one more question paper, apart from the three papers (BEEE, Physics and Maths). We wont like to reveal which subject it was. Learning about the leak, the University acted in time and replaced the paper, resulting in smooth conduct of the exam as per schedule, said a Crime Branch official. According to police, Bharat Singh, one of the arrested peons, had leaked the question paper of the fourth subject. But there was no demand for that particular paper as it was already leaked by another set of unidentified people. Singh remained quiet but somehow the MU learnt about the leak and replaced the question paper, said the officer. Milind Lad and Shreekand More -- Professors at Konkan Gyanpeeth College of Engineering at Karjat (on Mumbais outskirts) and Sachin Lad, Vivek Gaikwad -- lab assistants at Konkan Gyanpeeth and Yadavrao Tasgaonkar Institute of Engineering and Technology respectively, are amont those held for the leak of three engineering papers.

Inflated BCom marks come under criticism

MUMBAI: The results of final-year BCom students may be out, but some grim news looms ahead. The new marking pattern has apparently caused some amount of inconsistency in the grades that have been awarded to students.

Principals of several colleges are blaming the new 60:40 marking pattern for causing the problem. This year, 40% of assessment took place at individual colleges. The university marked students for the remaining 60%. The principals say students can now be divided into two groups: those who scored proportionally in both the college test and the university exam, and those who performed exceptionally well in college assessment, but scored poorly in the university exam.

Several members of the academic council have demanded that students marks be scaled proportionately to what they scored in the university exam, said a council member.

Most college principals, who met at an academic council meet, pointed out the irregularity in the commerce result. A faculty member said, There are several students who have scored 35, 36, and even 39 out of 40 in internal assessment. But they did not manage to get even 50% marks in the university exam.

Commerce students passing from the portals of the Mumbai University have never had it better. Beyond the fact that results were out in good time, most students score cards are shining with astonishing grades. The success rate of this years TYBCom students stands at 81.5%--over 18% more than the previous year.

Not only did the overall success rate climb up, even the number of students who bagged first-class rose by over 100%. While 17,956 students scored a first-class last year, 39,628 candidates crossed 60% this year. The expansion of the first-class club has seen a subsequent drop in the number of students who scored second-class grades and students who were given pass-class.

Mumbai University runs on army of temporary staff, who do sensitive work as well

Insiders often say that the University of Mumbai is a machine running on borrowed people. With the state not approving additional posts for staff members, the varsity has to make do with temporary staff.

There was a time when temporary staffers were only involved in the petty tasks of the university. But now, said sources, the situation is so grave that they are involved in several jobs, many confidential in nature. Currently, there are more than 250 permanent staffers, most of them involved in activities like setting question papers, printing and despatch.

Results of over thousand TYBCom students missing from MU site

Mumbai University (MU) and goof-ups go hand in hand. After a series of paper leaks this year which further dented the reputation of the university, the MU has erred yet again.

Two days after the TYBCom results were declared on Tuesday, it has emerged that the roll numbers of over thousand students are missing from the universitys website. Some numbers in a series such as 4664 to 4684 show no results. These students are clueless about their performance and are now running from pillar to post to ensure that the error is rectified at the earliest.

The university on Tuesday declared TYBCom results of 61,000 students who took the 60:40 syllabus (a two-hour 60-marks paper and 40 marks for internal assessment) introduced in the academic year 2011-12.

Nearly 40 of the 400 students enrolled at Jai Hind College got a rude shock when they logged on to the university website after the results were out. When we enter our roll numbers, the website says no such seat number is available, the aggrieved students told. Many students from National College, Mithibai College, AK Joshi College (Thane) and CKT College (Panvel) had similar complaints. Ironically, the results of failures are available on the website.

The colleges said the university messed up in its eagerness to declare the results in a hurry. The colleges said the MU has not even sent them a copy of the results. We are yet to get the results of students, said National College principal Dinesh Panjwani. The results of 18 students from the college are missing.

University officials, however, denied that they erred despite the fact that several roll numbers are missing.

It has also emerged that many students have filled up wrong paper codes, reflecting either lack of communication from the supervisors or an error in distributing the correct paper. There were three types of papers for TYBCom students – of 60 marks (for first-timers), 80 marks (for students giving the old-pattern paper) and 100 marks (distance education students).

To avoid confusion, the papers were prepared in three colours with three different codes. Yet, some supervisors made a blunder. Over 100 first-time students wrote IDOLs code (institute of distance and open learning) as their paper code. We do not know if they attempted the wrong paper too, said director of examination Subhash Deo.

The supervisors also highlighted wrong circles on the optical mark registration (OMR) sheets, resulting in many students being marked absent. The colleges did not train supervisors properly for the OMR system. Few have not even sent proper details of the students internal assessment marks. Now, we have a huge task of rectifying these errors manually, Deo said. He said the university would declare the results of these students within a week.

The OMR system introduced in 2011-12 has invited severe criticism. The universitys statistics department in March prepared a report about the complex system. The MU said it would simplify it from next year. Last year 4,000 students made mistakes in the OMR coding. This year, the number is lower, Deo said.

Mumbai University engineering question paper leak: 14 professors, students, and staffers held

MUMBAI: The Mumbai polices crime branch have arrested 14 people, including two professors of a Karjat college, two laboratory assistants and five students, in connection with the leak of three engineering question papers last month.

The test papers of Applied Physics-II and Maths-II for first-year engineering students were leaked hours before the examinations were to commence on May 23 and May 18, respectively. Days later, on May 26, the Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BEEE) paper for ATKT (allowed to keep term) students was leaked in a similar fashion. Now, however, there is a high possibility that over 21,000 first-year engineering students of Mumbai University will have to appear for re-tests.

Mumbai University V-C promises exam system overhaul

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Universitys vice-chancellor, Rajan Welukar, said on Tuesday that many of the loopholes in the exam process will be plugged within two days to ensure that there are no further leaks during the remaining test season. He also promised that the exam process will be completely overhauled to bring about a sea-change in the way exams are conducted October onward.

The vice-chancellor said that technology will be used extensively in the new system. In the last one week, we introduced many changes in the way question papers were delivered. We started sending question papers via CD, fax, email and web links. We printed 254 question papers for the 16 exams that were conducted last week. Some of the papers were even set as late as 2am. He added that the university set up a call centre, whereby senior principals coordinated with all 61 exam centres during the process.

Mumbai University question papers leaked twice in a week

Mumbai: Over 20,000 students of Mumbai University are angry and confused after they were affected by two leaked question papers within a week. Though initially university officials had denied a leak, later they admitted to it, after the police confirmed that two question papers had indeed been leaked. The Mumbai Police have now launched an investigation into the incident.

Two engineering papers, Basic Electricals and Electronics Engineering exam held on May 26 and Applied Physics-II paper for first-year students conducted on May 23 had been leaked. Scanned copies of the Applied Physics-II paper were uploaded on a social networking site.

Dr. Naresh Chandra, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University told, We have lodged complain with the police, the cyber-crime department as well as the BKC police station. And we hope to get the right answers. We have also constituted a committee of our colleagues, a three-member committee to find out the facts. A police investigation is on. Our committee is also working. And we want to go the root cause. And we are taking it very seriously.
According to reports there have been other goof-ups as well. For example, students of the fourth year Instrumentation Engineering allegedly received question papers meant for the 2nd year students. Also there were reports that Question papers are sent to colleges are sent in a CD but the password to access these CDs came in late.

The Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University Mr. Rajan Welukar, who met the states Higher Education Minister Rajesh Tope at his residence and apprised him of the situation refused to comment on the issue.

When asked about loopholes in the system Dr. Chandra maintained, As far as delivery of question papers are concerned, I have told you we will be using technology to a very great extent. For that we are using encrypted technology. What we have done this time is we have sent the question paper on email, a cd with a password. It has reached the examination centre just one hour before the scheduled start of the exam. He also added There is always scope for improvement. And we want to improve. We have a dream that all question papers should be developed from question banks.

Meanwhile hapless students are suffering as a result of the goof ups. One student who spoke to NDTV said, Since the papers have been leaked, there are chances that we have been told that we might have to give re-exams. But according to me, this is not the right thing because few of us have made plans for the future and they are going to get hampered just because of the mistake of few others who have leaked the paper.

Another student who was angry with the way the entire issue has been handled told, For these exams, we had studied for months and studied a lot and then after appearing for an exam you come to know that the papers were leaked. And so studying for it all over again, and then appearing again in exam, waiting more for results. So I think people should take more caution and this should not happen again in the future.

Mumbai university to grill paper setters, printing staff over leak

MUMBAI: Mumbai university officials probing Saturdays suspected leak of Basic Electricals and Electronics Engineering paper for ATKT students will interrogate paper setters and others who were involved in the process of the printing. of the paper.

A university official told, We will question all probable sources, including paper setters and officials from the universitys printing press. All these measures will also be discussed in the board of examination (BoE) meeting.

The university will take additional measures to avoid paper leaks during the rest of the engineering exams, including the Applied Chemistry-II paper scheduled for Monday. Rumours that Mondays paper, too, had been leaked were doing the rounds on Sunday evening.

The BoE will meet on Monday to discuss Saturdays episode in which a local news channel claimed to have received the paper at 9.35am, nearly 90 minutes before the exam was scheduled to begin.

A complaint was filed to check the veracity of the claim made by the news channel. Once the cyber crime cell confirms that the paper was leaked, we will decide about the re-exam, said director (examination) Subhash Deo. If needed, a committee will be set up to probe the matter.

While the cyber crime cell at the Bandra-Kurla Complex police station is yet to establish Saturdays paper leak, the student community was on tenterhooks over speculation that Mondays paper would be out before the exam.

A student claimed his friends would receive a copy of Applied Chemistry-II paper from the same source by late night or early morning. Another student claimed that most of the papers are leaked post midnight and those who book their copy in advance receive the paper the night before the exam.

While it is a normal practice to swap question papers with a fresh set at the last minute, none of the university officials were willing to confirm if Mondays paper will be replaced.

Meanwhile, the university declared the TYBSc results on Sunday. Around 10,125 students had appeared for the paper. Of these, 51.22% passed the exam. Around 104 students passed with distinction and 2,293 got a first class.

Another engineering paper leaked, this time via email

Three days after the Physics II paper for the first year engineering course of Mumbai University got leaked through a social networking website, one more question paper of the same stream was in public domain before the exam on Saturday.

Some students of first year electrical engineering, who were to appear for their Basic Electronics and Electrical on Saturday morning, were shocked when a scanned copy of the question paper started circulating via email on the intervening night of Friday-Saturday.

The students told that the 100-mark question paper which they were given at the examination centre was word-to-word same as the one that was being circulated via email the previous night.

It appears that someone from the university press who has access to the question paper either got it scanned or took pictures of it from a cellphone, said a student wishing not to be named.

When contacted, Naresh Chandra, pro vice-chancellor of Mumbai University said, We have heard about the matter and will definitely look into it.

Mumbai Mirror had reported earlier how the Physics II paper of first year engineering had got leaked through a social networking site. Following the leak, the Mumbai University had lodged a complaint with the Cyber Police Station of Mumbai Police. The second leak within a week has come as a shocker for the university as well as students.

According to Mumbai University sources, apart from the ongoing investigation into the leaks, a high level investigation would also be carried out internally to identify the culprits.

Decide engg results of 3 plaintiffs: HC to Mumbai University

While issuing a stiff warning to the Mumbai University, the vacation bench of justices SJ Kathawalla and PD Kode of the Bombay high court has directed the varsitys Unfair Means Committee (UMC) to decide within one week the results of three engineering students, whose case it had termed under the reserved copy case category.

After the university tendered an unconditional apology for delaying appointing the UMC, the high court suggested that it should not waste any more time in declaring the results of the three petitioner students.

What surprised the court was the university being unaware of the fact that the police would make available seized documents only after a charge sheet is filed in the case.

Expressing its surprise, the court said: The university is a very old institution and it should have known of the available legal recourse, that photocopies of the seized answersheets can be taken. Then, it could have declared the results instead of shooing away the petitioner students.

The vacation bench was hearing the plea of three engineering students, whose results were withheld after the answer sheets of their first semester exam (May 2011) were found on a peon from the campus in June 2011. Their results were reserved as copy case by the university.

The students argued that there was no malpractice during the examination and they were not being allowed to appear for further examinations. The HC bench was told by the university that they were subsequently allowed to appear for their second semester.

Recommending strict action against students indulging in unfair practices during exams, the bench said they had the right to be heard by the inquiry panel, which was denied till now.

HC directs MU to release results of engineering students

Mumbai, May 25 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today directed the University of Mumbai to decide within a week the results of three engineering students which were on hold after their answer sheets were lost in an alleged theft case in June 2011. A vacation bench of justices S J Kathawala and P D Kode also directed the university to ensure that such incidents are not repeated and it should not waste more time in deciding the results of the three students. The bench was hearing a petition filed by the three students, whose results were withheld by university for May 2011 examination for Electronics and Computer Programming as Reserved Copy Case. Amruta Patil and Virendra Neve, advocates for the petitioners, have sought quashing of a verbal order of the university not allowing the students to appear for the examination this year. At the last hearing, the court had rapped the university for its insensitive approach towards the students future. The university today tendered unconditional apology to the court for the delay in appointing the Unfair Means Committee to look into the matter and assured the court that such incidents would not be repeated. The students had appeared for their first semester examinations in May 2011 but their results were reserved as copy case as a peon was arrested with answer sheets on the varsitys premises in June 2011. The students argued that there was no malpractice during the examination and they were being punished for no fault of theirs, and they were not being allowed to appear for further examinations. The judges were today informed that the students were subsequently allowed to appear for their second semester.

MU tenders apology for not allowing 3 engg students to appear for exam

Mumbai University on Friday gave an unconditional apology before the Bombay High Court for not allowing three engineering students to appear for their examination on account of inaction on its part.

In an affidavit filed before a vacation bench of Justice S J Kathawalla and Justice P D Kode, the university apologized for the delay on the part of the MU Unfair Means Committee that had caused the problem.

The students had moved the court after they were disallowed from appearing for an examination that began on May 17 as part of their results had been reserved on account of alleged examination malpractice. The university had noted that their answer sheets had been found in possession of a temporary employee and asked the students to explain the same.

Their answer sheets were then seized by the BKC police and were not retrieved by the university, the students contended. In its affidavit, the university claimed it was under the misconception that the answer sheets could not be retrieved until the chargesheet was filed. Expressing surprise at this statement, the judges said, The university is a very old institution and should have been aware that photocopies of the seized answer sheets can be taken and results can be declared on that basis. The court has asked the Unfair Means Committee to decide the case within a week. The judges had noted that the university had shown insensitivity towards the students.

The court, however, also said that if the students are in fact held guilty of examination malpractice, strict action should be taken against them. However, the students, who are from different colleges in the city, claim that they are not at fault and have been made to suffer because of a lapse on the part of a staff member.

Submit students answer sheets, court tells MU

In a petition filed by three engineering students accused of indulging in malpractices during their examinations, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday was miffed by the insensitivity shown by the Mumbai University towards its students.

The court also asked the university to produce the answer sheets of the students, which were said to be in the possession of the police, in a sealed cover.

The case pertains to three students studying in different city colleges who claimed that they were not allowed to sit for their examination on May 17. Their results in an earlier examination had been reserved, as they were suspected to have indulged in malpractices during their examinations. In a letter addressed to them, the university informed that their answer sheets had been found in the possession of a temporary staff member of the university and asked them to provide an explanation for the same.

The students, however, claim that the alleged recovery of their answersheets took place owing to a lapse on the part of the university and that they had no relation to the case.

The university a month later, appointed an unfair means committee to look into the matter.

In its order on Tuesday, a vacation bench of Justice S J Kathawalla and Justice P D Kode noted that the students were not given a hearing by the committee. The judges have now asked the university to arrive at an expeditious decision in the case.

While refraining from commenting on the allegations against the students, the judges observed, The court has noted that the university as well as its unfair means committee are completely insensitive to the problems faced by the petitioners.

Mumbai Universitys list of goofs keeps growing

The University of Mumbai (MU) has found that there is no escaping the goof-up jinx. It has now added to its pile of blunders by declaring the results of 2,723 third-year BSc physics, mathematics, geology and statistics students on Sunday evening without filling in the marks of one paper. It realised its mistake by Monday afternoon and took off the results from its website.

But by then, the damage to the universitys already shaken reputation was done.

An affected student told, Our mark sheets were not showing the marks of one of the two papers of applied components of computer applications. Students, who are already reeling under the stress of having their papers allegedly assessed by unqualified teachers, raised the issue up with university officials, who were unaware of the goof-up. This is the first time that the university has had to withdraw results.

The university claims that marks were missing from the mark sheet because of a technical glitch, which occurred due to various combinations of subjects in the science stream. Dr Subhash Deo, director of examinations, justified, Only 300 students of physics, mathematics and statistics courses who opted for applied components of computer applications suffered due to this technical glitch. The link of that paper was not visible on the website.

A university source, however, blamed the blunder on the race to prove that the MU is a step ahead of other varsities. While other universities clearly stated that assessment work is pending, we finished the work haphazardly just to show off.

Mumbai varsity tells police to probe fresh paper leak

MUMBAI: The University of Mumbais examination house on Thur-sday filed a complaint with the cyber crime cell of the Mumbai crime branch after students were flooded with offers to purchase Saturdays Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BEEE) paper for Rs 2,000-Rs 5,000.

The university is yet to get conclusive evidence on the leaked Applied Physics (AP) paper as students have been told to book the paper in advance and it will be delivered only a day before the exam.

Mumbai varsity paper on Facebook a day before exam

MUMBAI, INDIA: Its not even a week since Facebook came under Mumbai Police scanner following last Sundays rave party. And now, the worlds fastest networking site has been mired in a paper leak controversy of Mumbai University.

Facebook logoThe physics paper of the first year engineering stream was scanned and uploaded on Facebook at 2 am before the examination day on Wednesday. However, the Mumbai University officials were unaware of it and they went ahead with the exam schedule.

The scanned and uploaded images of Physics paper appeared on a Facebook group called SceletonZZZ. Its an engineering student group, where some users had shared those images on the networking site. Moreover, the images of leaked paper were sent via e-mails, according to reports on Thursday.

According to Subhash Deo, director – Examination, the incident was very shocking as such a thing has not happened before and universitys cyber team will be asked to investigate the incident.

The university was conducting a high-level inquiry into the leak and has filed a complaint, according to Naresh Chandra, Pro-vice Chancellor but so far the Mumbai Citys Cyber Cell hasnt received any complaint.

If the university lodges a complaint, we will take up the matter seriously, Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner of Police, said.
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Four weeks on, Mumbai University sits on TYBSc mark sheets

Nearly four weeks after the University of Mumbai declared their results, the nearly 25,000 BSc students in the city are yet to get their mark sheets.

Of the 2,723 students majoring in geology, physics, mathematics and statistics, only 1,021 cleared the exams whose results were out on May 20. Results of life sciences, biotechnology, and microbiology majors were announced on May 24. However, both set of students are now worried about MSc admissions being delayed, despite the timely results.

Varsity conducts centralised admission process for aided post-graduate institutions, but admission to self-financed ones is done at the college-level. The delay in mark-sheets, a must for admission, has forced colleges like St Xaviers, Ruia and Mithibai to defer putting out their merit list.

While admitting the delay, director of examination Subhash Deo denied it was affecting the MSc admission schedule. Last year, admission to MSc classes had ended by July 25, which we have brought to July 5 this year, given the early results. Promising to send the mark-sheets within a week, he added, We have raised the security level, so that no one can copy or forge the document.

Engineering students take re-exam, most find questions difficult

MUMBAI: More than 27,000 first-year engineering students from the University of Mumbai appeared for the re-exam of applied mathematics-II on Wednesday. Some exam centres complained of unclear symbols in the question paper even as students found the re-exam questions difficult to crack.

The principal of one of the colleges said, There was a difference in the format in which the question paper was sent. When it was downloaded by some centres, the symbols changed. The university had called up every centre to ask if there were any problems in the question papers. Not all colleges had to face the problem, so it could be the error in the papers format.

A university official, however, said it was not an error.

Meanwhile, students found it difficult to crack the paper as they were exhausted after their month-long exams and could not prepare for it well. My exams got over on June 11, a month after it started. And reappearing for the same paper is a daunting task. I started to solve the questions but just could not complete it. I was unable to arrive at solutions, so I left too many questions midway, said Ashish B, a first-year engineering student.

Another student claimed that the question paper was easier than the May 18 one. If I had prepared in the last two days, I would have scored well. But when I got the question paper, I realized I had forgotten many of the concepts. The concepts just evaporated and I failed to answer most of the questions. Now, I believe, I would have scored better in the previous paper, said Girish K.

Many of his friends found it difficult to crack the paper on Wednesday and were even paranoid a day before the exams about the difficulty level of the paper set for a re-exam.

Some students, who were traumatised by the paper leak, claimed the re-exam was a relief. Rhea S, an engineering student from a college in the western suburbs, said, On May 18, I was a bit upset when we got to know that many students already had the question paper. Though we were all worried about a re-exam, the paper was a relief.

A college principal said question papers came via email and were uploaded on the web link.

University of Mumbai introduces two new specialised postgraduate degree courses

University of Mumbai has introduced two new specialised postgraduate degree courses. Ruchi Kumar reports

In response to the growing demand from the student community, University of Mumbai will be starting two new masters degree courses this academic year. Students of history now have the option to enroll for an MA in Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology (MA-AICA) and MA in Buddhist Studies (MA-BS).

Introducing the MA-AICA Suraj Pandit, chairman, Ad hoc Board of Studies in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology, University of Mumbai, said, Although ancient Indian culture is taught at the under graduate and postgraduate level at various colleges and research institutes affiliated to University of Mumbai, there is no comprehensive course available in any institute across Maharashtra. He elaborates, The syllabus of this course has been thoroughly revised in line with the credit based grading system. It comprises papers ranging from stone-age India to history of theatre and performing arts in India. There are even applied papers like epigraphy, manuscriptology, cultural tourism, etc. This course has an interdisciplinary approach in the true real sense.

As for the MA-BS, there is no course in the subject offered by the university or affiliated colleges. And while courses in Pali literature, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and other South East Asian languages do form a part of Buddhism, there has always been a lack of an inclusive study of the subject. This course offers a comprehensive study of the Buddhist religion and philosophy, art-architecture, epigraphy, ethics, literature, etc. informs Pandit.


The MA-AICA course will be taught with an indological and archaeological approach, constituting a variety of elements ranging from pre-historic India to literature and archaeology. It will involve a study of all aspects of Indian culture beyond historical methods and events. Practicals and field visits will be conducted for applied and professional subjects taught.


The MA-BS course will be taught with multiple methodological approaches, including a study of Buddhist literature in Pali, Tibetan, Sanskrit, art and architecture in India and abroad, development of Buddhist ethics and philosophy, etc. There will be a definitive focus on the Buddhist worldview and its socio-cultural analysis. Field visits wherever required, will be also be included


Due to an absence of departments for ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology, as well as for Buddhist studies, these courses are being offered through an ad hoc committee, Board of Studies in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology. These are some of our oldest subjects, taught in the affiliated institutes of the university since 1939. Yet, no department in lieu has been set up by university till the day, explains Pandit. The board has submitted a proposal to set up respective departments for integrated studies in the above subjects to the vice-chancellor of the university. Apart from requests from many students and teachers for a department, even K Sankarnarayan, director, KJ Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies, has extended his support to our initiative.


Interested applicants will be required to hold a bachelors or equivalent degree from the University of Mumbai or any other UGC-recognised university. Admissions will begin following the BA results announcement this year. Forms will be available at St Xaviers College, Mahapalika Marg, Mumbai and the admissions process will be conducted at the postgraduate section of the Fort campus, Main Building, First Fl, University of Mumbai.


The course constitutes a variety of elements ranging from pre-historic India to literature and archaeology.


The course will include a study of Buddhist literature in Pali, Tibetan, Sanskrit, etc, art and architecture in India and abroad, development of Buddhist ethics and philosophy.

Smashing results: Mumbai University TYBCom pass score up to 81.5%

MUMBAI: Commerce graduates passing from the portals of the Mumbai University have never had it better. Beyond the fact that results are out in good time, most students score cards are shining with astonishing grades. Success rate of this years TYBCom result stands at 81.5% - over 18% more than the immediate previous year.

Academicians credited the brilliant rise in performance to several factors: New question paper pattern, change in the marking system and the manner in which the evaluation took place. Not only did the overall success rate climb up, even the number of students who bagged first class rose by over 100% this time.

While 17,956 students scored a first class last year, 39,628 candidates crossed 60% this year. The expansion of the first class club has seen a subsequent drop in the number of students who scored a second class and students who were given a pass class (See Flying Colours).

The rise in performance can be attributed to the new marking pattern that the university has adopted, said university PRO Vinod Malale. This year, 40% of the assessment took place at individual colleges; the university marked students for the remaining 60%. The university is yet to declare the results of repeaters (who sat for the exam under the 80-20 scheme) and for distance education students.

Several principals are rather perturbed by the overall performance of the class of 2012.

The university, in its lifetime, has never seen such a high result for commerce students, said T A Shiware, principal of Hinduja College. I had asked the vice chancellor to appoint a committee to moderate the manner in which colleges were carrying out the internal assessment. It is a huge scam as there are several colleges that have given 39 out of 40 to almost all the students. But my request fell on deaf ears, he added.

Last year, it took the university over 100 days to declare the TYBCom results. This time, it is out within 55 days despite the fact that senior teachers who act as assessors boycotted the centralized assessment scheme.

When moderators and senior moderators went back to work after the boycott was called off, they noticed several papers that needed to be re-assessed. But there isnt such a procedure of reassessment in the university, said a senior teacher.

According to the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994, results must be declared within 30-45 days of the last exam. In 2010, the results were declared after a three-month delay and in 2009, they were declared after 65 days. In 2008 and 2006, they were announced after 55 days; they were out in 74 days after the 2007 exam concluded.

The results, which were to be uploaded on the universitys web site at 5pm, were available only after 8.30pm.

Students will be able to access online mark sheets from Wednesday while the hard copy will be sent to colleges within a week.

Rescheduling exams is a sensitive issue

Although the University of Mumbai had made complaints to the cyber police for two paper leaks — Applied Physics and Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BEEE) — it confirmed on Tuesday that a third paper, Applied Mathematics, had also leaked.

The university has not yet

announced any re-examinations, and will deliberate on this at a board of examinations meeting scheduled for June 8.

We sincerely apologise to all the students (for the paper leak) and assure we will take care in the future, said vice
chancellor Rajan Welukar, addressing a press conference on Tuesday.

Defending the universitys decision to deny the paper leaks until now, Welukar said, No public body can come to a

conclusion unless it was analytically proven that the paper leaked.

Admitting to possibility of leaks in the past, Welukar said, Either we were lucky or things happened and were not exposed.

Though no complaint was lodged at the time, students had claimed that the Applied Mathematics paper for first year engineering students was circulated through SMSes and emails before the paper was conducted on May 18. The Applied Physics paper held on May 23 was also posted on a Facebook group for students the night before, while the BEEE paper was circulated through email and SMS.

While more than 20,000 students appeared for the first two papers, the BEEE paper was an Allowed To Keep Term (ATKT) exam, with around 10,000 students appearing for it.

Rescheduling exams is a sensitive issue and the decision to reschedule will be taken by the board of examinations as per provisions in the Maharashtra Universities Act, said Welukar. The last exam is on June 11. Any rescheduled exams will be after this date.

Mumbai University engineering question paper leak: 14 professors, students, and staffers held

MUMBAI: The Mumbai polices crime branch have arrested 14 people, including two professors of a Karjat college, two laboratory assistants and five students, in connection with the leak of three engineering question papers last month.

The test papers of Applied Physics-II and Maths-II for first-year engineering students were leaked hours before the examinations were to commence on May 23 and May 18, respectively. Days later, on May 26, the Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BEEE) paper for ATKT (allowed to keep term) students was leaked in a similar fashion. Now, however, there is a high possibility that over 21,000 first-year engineering students of Mumbai University will have to appear for re-tests.

Vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar, in a press conference on Tuesday, apologized to all sincere students for the inconvenience caused to them during the course of the exams and added that a decision on the re-exam will be taken in a meeting of Board of Examination on June 8.

During the same meet will be decided whether action should be taken against colleges whose employees are connected to the leaks. Significantly, Welukar said that the process of examinations, which is blamed as the cause of the leaks and has been followed for several years, will be overhauled and suggestions sent to the universitys chancellor, the governor.

According to the crime branch, the BEEE paper leaked from a Karjat college while the Applied Physics-II and Maths-II papers leaked from the universitys Kalina campus. The papers were first copied by people with access to them and then forwarded to others, who in turn sold it to students—each for a price between Rs 500 and Rs 10,000.

On Tuesday, the crime branch produced the 14 arrested accused before 37th Esplanade Metropolitan Magistrate R S Rathod, who remanded them in police custody till June 8. The 14 have been booked under the Maharashtra Prevention of Malpractices (University, Board and other Specified Examinations) Act, 1982, as well as under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for theft and criminal breach of trust.

Among the arrested men are Srikant More and Milind Laad, two teachers at Konkan Gyanpeeth Engineering College in Karjat; Sachin Laad and Vivek Gaikwad, lab assistant at Konkan Gyanpeeth and Karjats Yadavrao Tasgaonkar Institute of Engineering and Technology, respectively. The other accused are Bharat Singh, Paresh Tendulkar, Premchand Kamble and Vikas Ujjanwal—all said to be peons; Ganesh Jadhav, a former employee of Mumbai University; and students Gaurav Talekar, Kiran Labde, Sunil Mohite, Shadab Raut and Milind Musle.

While carrying out arrests, the police recovered Rs 40,000 in cash, a hard disk, two mobile phones and scanned copies of exam papers.

In the case of the BEEE paper leak, the police first detained Sachin Laad who, as a lab assistant at Konkan Gyanpeeth, works with a senior female professor. The professor, it is claimed, is among the varsitys paper setters. By university rules, she was expected to write down a set of questions on a piece of paper and send it in to the varsity in a sealed envelope.

This time, though, she asked Sachin Laad to scan and save a copy of the paper on her computer. Laad, after saving the copy, took its printout and passed it on to his friend Vivek Gaikwad from Yadavrao Tasgaonkar Institute. Gaikwad, in turn, passed on the paper to professor Milind Laad, who also runs private coaching classes, said joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy. Professor Laad gave copies of the paper to students in exchange for money. Simultaneously, Gaikwad passed on copies of the paper to professor Srikant More, who too allegedly sold them to students.

Milind Laads students, who purchased the paper at a high rate, sold it to others, including second-year engineering students Milind Musle and Sadab Raut, to recover their costs. Musle and Raut were instrumental in further spreading the paper, said senior PI Nand Kishore More.

The leaks of Applied Physics-II and Maths-II papers were solved when the crime branch detained a former university employee, Ganesh Jadhav, who was arrested in a paper leak case in 2010 and sacked. During interrogation, Jadhav revealed the name of university peon Bharat Singh. It was then learnt that Singh, who works at the manuscript department, stole the papers from the Kalina Campus and passed it on to Jadhav. From Jadhav, the paper went to peon Paresh Tendulkar, then to peon Vikas Ujjanwal, and then to peon Premchand Kamble.

The papers again were sold to many students, including Musle and Raut. They are common to the leaks, said additional commissioner of police (crime) Deven Bharti.

Welukar said that Kamble and three arrested temporary staffers have been fired. The university, he added, will now review the system of appointing temporary staff.

Mumbai University hostellers refuse to budge, warden quits

A dozen students living at the Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Hostel at the Kalina campus have twice been served notices by warden Dr Ratilal Rohit, asking them to vacate as they are residing there against the rules. However, three months down the line, it is Dr Rohit who has been offering to quit. He tendered his resignation for the third time on June 16.

Head of the Gujarati department, Dr Rohit took over the hostels charge in December 2011.

University sources said that the 12 students were first served a notice in April 2012, with the second one coming in a quick succession in May, when Rohit found that 12 of the 94 hostellers had been wrongly admitted in the academic year 2011-12. Three of the 12 students were found to be overage while the rest have been putting up there for 3-4 years for on the pretext of doing MA in one or the other subjects. Dr Rohit had to fire the notices as one of the students had in 2011 sought the information about the hostellers agethrough RTI.

As per the rules for students seeking a hostel facility, a PG student should not be over 30 while a PhD student should not be more than 35 years at the time of admission. Also, a student who has already completed a PG in one course cannot get a hostel room by enrolling in yet another PG course. PhD students are allotted rooms for three years which is then extended twice on yearly basis.

However, even before Dr Rohit could initiate action against the hostellers, he resigned reportedly due to political and inside pressure. Apart from some hostellers writing to the vice-chancellor against Dr Rohit, insiders claimed the pressure was so much that the university asked him to quit. Denying any pressure behind his resignation bids, Rohit said, I have resigned and am in no position to offer any comment on the matter.

Students tell a different story. A student who claimed to have missed his MA Hindi paper, due to stress over the notices, told, On April 10, I got the notice asking me to vacate the hostel room in seven days, while my exams were schedule from April 24. If I am overage, why was I given accommodation in the first place?

Earlier warden in-charge for 2011-12, Dr Manohar Mane, who made the allotments refused to comment. In his six-month tenure, Dr Rohit has resigned thrice, the first time being in January. In June, he offered to resign twice, first on June 2 and now on June 16. However, his resignation is yet to accepted.

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