State Minister for Higher and Technical Education Ravindra Waikar instructed the University of Mumbai (MU) to cancel its agreement with All India Tennis Association (AITA), signed almost a decade ago for providing free coaching to students on the Kalina campus.
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The MU had allotted land to the AITA on the Kalina campus where the latter had set up a facility to provide free coaching to the MU students. However, the minister found that the facility was not being used for the purpose it had been assigned. “It came to the minister’s notice that the facility was being used by the AITA and the students had to pay a hefty price to avail the coaching even as the MU had to pay the property tax,” said Waikar’s spokesperson.
Waikar, during a review meeting with Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh on the Kalina campus on Tuesday, asked the university to cancel the agreement signed in 2007 and appoint an agency that adheres to the varsity’s rules. The minister also raised the issue of discrepancies in the examination process that has inconvenienced many students.
He instructed the varsity to appoint a controller of examination within the next couple of months or seek help from the state to fill the post that is currently being held by Deepak Wasave as an in-charge. He also asked the VC to upgrade the software in use for the examination process to curb errors. MU Registrar M A Khan said the varsity will take the instructions seriously and adhere to them at the earliest.