The University of Mumbai refrained from announcing any new initiatives in the next academic year,due to model code of conduct,in the senate meeting held earlier this week. However,the university announced interim budget for four months instead of the entire budget which will be presented in the next senate meeting scheduled to be held in July.
Sheriff Indu Shahani,who took a group of principals to visit universities in Australia and New Zealand on November 28,when the city was in the midst of the terror attacks,received flak from senate members like Madhu Paranjape of the Bombay University College Teachers Union (BUCTU). He said those who were part of the visit should have been in their colleges sensitising students and should have withdrawn the visit.
Dilip Karande raised the issue of the increasing number of unapproved staff members in the university and the problems they faced. However,Khole said a proposal to make the unapproved staff approved had been sent to the department of Higher and Technical Education. Professor Anuradha Siddiqui said the health centre at the Kalina campus to provide health facilities to students did not have sufficient number of doctors. Khole said it was the responsibility of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and the equipment were being provided by the university. Khole said the varsity was finding it difficult to increase bandwidth of the community radio in the Kalina campus due to restrictions by the central government because of its close proximity to the airport.