The Bombay High Court on Monday directed Mumbai University (MU) to put forward its stand on a petition challenging the appointment of several teachers as members of the university boards of studies (BoS).
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice N M Jamdar asked the lawyer for the university Rui Rodrigues to file an affidavit within two weeks.
A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed by a joint action committee of parents and teachers against the illegal co-option of the teachers. The PIL was filed after Neeraj Hatekar,one of the petitioners,sought information pertaining to the issue under the Right to Information (RTI) Act,2005. The reply revealed 13 out of a total of 23 such teachers teach in colleges,which do not have post-graduate courses in respective subjects.
The petitioners point to Section 37 (3) of the Maharashtra Universities Act,1994,which states that the board for each subject is required to include one post-graduate teacher having not less than 10 years of teaching experience,from amongst the teachers of affiliated colleges having post-graduate teaching in the subject.
The BoS is a high-level body,which recommends academic courses and books for various subjects taught at the degree level.
Some of the teachers whose appointment has been challenged include those from prominent city colleges like Maharshi Dayanand College of Arts,Science and Commerce; SIES College and Ismail Yusuf College.
The petitioners demand that the teachers should be restrained from taking part in the proceedings of the boards of studies till the case is decided.
Meanwhile,the university is also planning to enter into a MoU with Deakin University in Australia to redesign the curriculum of several programmes in a more scientific manner. Experts from Deakin will visit MU between July and September and will train our teachers and members of BoS for two to three days in designing the curriculum, added Welukar.