THE EXAM season of the University of Mumbai may have encountered a new setback with the controller of examination (CoE) seeking to be relieved of his duties Tuesday. Although the university did not accept his application, this is the third time Deepak Wasave, who took over as the in-charge CoE in August 2015, requested to be relieved of his responsibilities as the CoE.
Registrar M A Khan said Wasave had asked to be relieved of the position saying he was over-worked and had health problems. “He appealed that his earlier requests to be relieved of the CoE post be accepted. However, the university has not accepted the request as we do not have any immediate replacement and the examination season is under way,” he said, adding that Wasave had made such requests earlier too.
Meanwhile, university officials hinted that the ‘resignation’ was the fallout of a disagreement between Wasave and Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh. “While it is true that the in-charge CoE was overworked, this time his request seems to be the result of differences with the V-C,” said an official who did not wish to be named. According to the official, the difference was caused by a memo sent by the V-C to Wasave regarding the failure of a meeting called for faculty members on paper correction. “Wasave has been overworked and does not have enough support to fulfill his responsibilities. The memo caused a rift and he resigned,” said another source from the university.
On Monday, around 300 teachers of the Commerce stream were called to Kalina campus for a meeting on how to correct the answersheets of final year students. However, after an hour the teachers were asked to return.
While Wasave was unreachable for comments, calls and messages to Deshmukh did not elicit any response. Khan, however, denied any disagreement between the two. About the memo he said: “Such things are a part of the administrative process.”
The position of the CoE has been a sore spot for the university as CoEs in the past have quit after short stints. Wasave’s predecessor Dinesh Bonde resigned in August 2015, 14 months after his appointment. Padma Deshmukh, who held the position before Bonde, had resigned just eight months into her tenure.
Since Bonde’s departure, the university has made at least three attempts to find a permanent CoE, but in vain. The last attempt was made on October 5 when a committee headed by Deshmukh interviewed 10 candidates. However, none of them were selected. In the earlier two attempts, the process had been called off owing to confusion over the tenure of the appointee.