The meeting had been convened to decide on alternative dates for thousands of students whose third year BSc practicals had been disrupted. "We are planning to finish before the first week of April; the schedules are being finalised," said Naresh Chandra pro vice chancellor of the university.
University officials said the exact schedule was still not ready because they are awaiting reports from exam centres on lab facilities and other administrative issues so they can allot students to centres again. "We are trying our best to finish the practicals as soon as possible," said DG Wasave, controller of exams.
About the Protest
TYBSc Exams being boycotted in Mumbai University has brought students very furious about their examinations being stopped. Weak government response to teachers' exam- boycott agitation led to the chaos surrounding TYBSc practical continued for about more than a week. In a show of strength, approximately 5,000 teachers across the state had participated in a 'jail bharo andolan' on last Friday. Later, the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation (MFUCTO) planed to meet up on Saturday in order to discuss the ways to raise the pitch of their agitation as teachers are not satisfied with government promises.
"This is not the first time we have raised our voice against the injustice we are facing; this fight has been on since 2011. We have run from pillar to post to get all the necessary approvals only to be treated like dirt by our own government," said Santosh Ambekar from Buldhana district. He added that close to 1,500 teachers from north Maharashtra itself participated in the protest
Various student associations joined the protest, too. Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Student Federation of India (SFI) also showed their solidarity. "Teachers had warned the government about their protest almost a month before they started their agitation, but the government did not take it seriously. Students are getting affected because of their delayed action. HSC students' papers are not getting corrected while degree college students' exams are getting postponed. Students always suffer," said Pravin Manjalkar ofSFI.
"There is no change," said DG Wasave, controller of exams. On Wednesday, varsity officials will meet to decide how to go about conducting exams for thousands of students who have not been able to appear so far. They are considering the possibility of making these students take their exams in centres that haven't faced disruptions.
Exams in eight universities across the state have been disrupted, with unions upset with the government's failure to properly address demands related to salary arrears and appointments.
"The University should postpone the practical exams till the settlement of the boycott," said a press note from the Bombay University and College Teachers' Union. "The university should withdraw the notice sent to colleges asking for names of teachers participating in the boycott. The BUCTU informed the VC that as per the decision of the union, teachers would not provide list of members on boycott."
Hence, to find a solution for this issue, the meeting was held on Wednesday.