Even as controversy surrounds the Examination House of the University of Mumbai (MU), it has come to light that the Department of Controller of Examination employs 432 temporary staffers as compared to 188 permanent staffers. Of the 345 permanent positions sanctioned for the department, 157 positions are lying vacant, said an MU official.
Despite being short-staffed, the department conducts 725 examinations and sets 26,000 question papers per semester, said Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh. The department gets about 30 days to prepare for the same.
In a year, about 18.5 lakh answer sheets are printed and around 16 lakh answer sheets are corrected.
“Of the 1,319 sanctioned posts for non-teaching staff, 265 are lying vacant,” said M A Khan, university registrar, implying a university-wide staff crunch.
The recruitment for permanent positions has been at a standstill ever since the state government put a stay on the process. The last recruitment had happened in 2013.
“Moreover, the Maharashtra Public Universities Bill, too, has not been passed yet. Owing
to the delay, decision on posts such as senate and council members are pending,” said Khan.
He said the university will begin direct recruitment soon and most of the permanent posts will be filled in the next four-five months.
“We are waiting for the bill to be passed. We will then start advertising for the vacancies soon,” said Khan.