MU Board of Studies: Appointment of 13 teachers challenged

The appointment of 13 out of 23 teachers of post-graduate courses to the Mumbai University’s Board of Studies has been challenged by a group of educational activists.

Written by NEERAD PANDHARIPANDE | Mumbai | Published:January 16, 2012 2:07 am

The appointment of 13 out of 23 teachers of post-graduate courses to the Mumbai University’s Board of Studies (BoS) has been challenged by a group of educational activists. An informal joint action committee of parents and teachers has moved a petition before the Bombay High Court against the “illegal co-option” of the teachers.

The petition was filed after Santacruz resident Neeraj Hatekar,one of the petitioners,sought information pertaining to the issue under the Right to Information Act,2005. The reply revealed that the 13 teachers,mentioned in the petition,teach in colleges that do not have post graduate teaching in the respective subjects.

The university Board of Studies is a high-level body which recommends academic courses and books for various subjects taught at the degree level. The board for each subject is required to have “one post-graduate teacher,with not less than 10 years of teaching experience,from amongst the teachers of affiliated colleges having post-graduate teaching in the subject,” as stated in section 37 (3) of the Maharashtra Universities Act,1994.

The teachers,whose appointment has been challenged,include those from prominent colleges like Maharshi Dayanand College of Arts,Science and Commerce,SIES College and Ismail Yusuf College.

“It is obvious that the respondents no. 3 to 15 (teachers) are not eligible to be nominated to the BoS in the capacity as post graduate teachers,” the petition,which has been filed through lawyer Mihir Desai,stated.

The petitioners claimed they were informed that a committee had been constituted by the university to look into the matter,but later came to know that the committee has not yet met.

The plea demands that the court should quash and set aside the nomination of the teachers as members of the BoS and that they should be restrained from participating in the proceedings of the boards till the case is decided.

The case will be heard before the Division Bench of Justice D K Deshmukh and Justice Anoop Mohta on Monday.

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