UoP turns deaf ear to demand for amending ‘unlawful’ Ordinance

The University of Pune — which showed keenness in issuing a gag order on students talking to media by amending a related Ordinance that has to be scrapped after growing criticism — is,however,allegedly adopting a go-slow tactic on amending Ordinance No 182.

Written by PRASAD JOSHI | Pune | Published: July 31, 2013 3:51:00 am

The University of Pune — which showed keenness in issuing a gag order on students talking to media by amending a related Ordinance that has to be scrapped after growing criticism — is,however,allegedly adopting a go-slow tactic on amending Ordinance No 182. It purportedly contains “unjust” and “unlawful” provisions in the matter of giving students access to photocopies of answer sheets.

In its existing form,Ordinance No 182 denies certified copies of revalued answer sheets to students,restricts them from applying for photocopies of answer sheets of more than three subjects,and also deprives them from getting photocopies of assessment done in practical examination,session marks,marks of viva-voce/dissertation/thesis/project,and certain common entrance tests,among other provisions.

Experts say several provisions in the ordinance contravene a Supreme Court judgment pertaining to keeping record of students’ answer sheets,and also violate provisions of Right to Information (RTI) Act. The university,however,has been reluctant to introduce student-friendly reforms in the ordinance.

Civic activist Vivek Velankar,who has slapped a legal notice on the university,seeking required amendment in Ordinance No 182 in March through advocacy group Sajag Nagarik Manch he heads,said he was rigorously following the demand for modification with university authorities but to no avail.

“I have been in touch with university authorities but they are using nothing but time-consuming tactics. I was told that UoP is in the process of amending the Ordinance 182 and it will be done soon,” said Velankar,who has warned the university that he would approach the Bombay High Court if it failed to act.

Student leader Suresh Jain criticised the university for going at snail’s pace when it comes to introducing student-friendly reforms. “The university recently showed unwarranted hurry in issuing a gag order on students for talking to the media,but the proposal to amend Ordinance 182 has been kept in cold storage,” he said.

Despite repeated attempts,Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade was not available for comment. BCUD director V B Gaikwad and registrar Narendra Kadu refused to speak on the issue.

Objectionable provisions

*Certified copies of revalued answer sheets are not provided

to students

*Students are bound to apply for certified copies of evaluated answer sheets within 10 days of examination results

*It stipulates 45-days within which it supplies photocopy/photocopies of evaluated answer sheets,while as per RTI Act the same has to provided within 30 days of the

receipt of application

*Restricts student from applying for photocopies of answer sheets of more than three subjects

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