Degree college principals have complained that with the meagre honorarium Rs 30 for two hours and Rs 40 for three hours paid by the university,they are finding it difficult to get qualified invigilators. With over 40,000 teachers on strike and degree college teachers continuing to boycott the invigilators duty for the TY BCom exam that began on March 28,colleges are grappling to find qualified substitutes.
The varsity had instructed the college authorities to take help from the non-teaching staff,junior college teachers,school teachers,members of the management,retired teachers,bank employees,government servants,NGOs,post-graduate and graduate former students for invigilation,if they fall short of manpower.
Some principals have said getting unqualified invigilators may also lead to malpractices. The principal of a renowned college in the western suburbs said,The amount offered to the supervisors is just Rs 30 for the two hour paper and Rs 40 for the three hour paper. Peons and other support staff are paid Rs 12. This has been the case for the past 10 years. Though the issue has been raised on a number of occasions,the university has failed to do anything about it.
The principal added,In the current situation,inviting outsiders has been embarrassing for us. Whoever we invite just rejects the offer looking at the compensation.
Another principal said the college had to shell out extra from their pockets to ensure they get invigilators. Without invigilators and other manpower required for exam duty,we will not be able to conduct the exam, the principal said.
The principals pointed out that the chief examination conductors who look after getting question papers printed and distributed and co-ordinate other examination-related duties,too,are paid Rs 60 per paper.
Dr Naresh Chandra,pro-vice-chancellor of Mumbai University,admitted that they are aware of this issue.
The academic council has already met on this issue and discussed the matter. We will decide on raising the honorarium for invigilators and others on examination duty. Once the decision is taken,the same will be informed to the colleges soon, said Chandra.