MU threatens action against teachers skipping exam duty

Tuesday,41 of 74 centres could not conduct practicals due to a boycott by degree college teachers protesting alleged government failure to meet their 13 demands.

Written by Express News Service | Published:March 6, 2013 12:04 am

Following disruption of third-year BSc practical exams for two consecutive days,Mumbai University (MU) issued a circular to college principals Tuesday seeking a list of teachers who did not report for exam duty.

Tuesday,41 of 74 centres could not conduct practicals due to a boycott by degree college teachers protesting alleged government failure to meet their 13 demands.

Unions under Maharashtra Federation of College and University Teachers Organisation across the eight universities decided to boycott exam-related work last month.

“We had asked these teachers to co-operate at least till the examinations are over. We have now issued circulars to principals and chairmen of practical exams of designated centres to give us a list of teachers who skipped practical examination duty. Under Maharashtra Universities Act,1994,section 32 (5) (g) we will take action,” said Deepak Vasave,controller of examination,MU.

Despite the boycott,MU and its board of examination had insisted Monday exams would proceed as scheduled. However,for two days in a row over half the colleges designated as exam centres could not conduct practicals.

MU said most students were able to appear for practicals on Monday and Tuesday and a re-exam would be held for them.

However,protesting teachers claimed in some cases practicals were conducted flouting university rules,with not enough teachers present at exam centres.

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