The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to entertain a demand of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) that Mumbai University (MU) teachers should be asked to put in additional hours per day for correction of answer papers.
The ABVP had initially moved the court against the strike,which had been called to demand recognition for non- National Eligibility Test (NET) / State Eligibility Test (SET) teachers who were appointed between April 1991 and January 2000. The strike,however,was called off on May 19.
In a hearing before a Vacation Bench of the court,counsel for the ABVP Uday Warunjikar contended that the interests of university would be greatly harmed on account of the strike and suggested that the university ask its staff to evaluate answer sheets for 10 hours a day.
He pointed out that the results have already been delayed beyond 45 days after completion of the examination,which is the outer limit laid down for declaring the results.
Reacting to this,a Bench of Justice R Y Ganoo and Justice N M Jamdar said,In fact,if teachers are asked to check answer sheets for 10 hours,then grave injustice will be caused to the students. It is not mechanical or clerical work and it requires concentration.
Justice Jamdar noted that the delay in results is a genuine problem,but opined that it must be dealt with at the level of the university.
The judges,however,noted that the state government and various universities across the state have not filed affidavits stating their stand and asked them to do so by Friday.
Justice Ganoo,while recalling his own experiences of assessing law answer sheets,said,Even if a person does his work in an extremely dedicated manner,it is not possible to fairly check more than forty answer sheets.
In its petition,the ABVP notes that the strike has adversely affected 13 lakh graduate and post-graduate students with their answer sheets remaining unassessed.