University of Mumbai’s Controller of Examination (CoE), Deepak Wasave filed his resignation for the third time. Wasave started his term in August 2015 and asked the university to relieve him of his duties on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, saying that he was over-worked and was facing health problems. However, the university has not yet accepted his resignation letter.
Registrar M A Khan informed that Wasave’s resignation has not been accepted as the exam season is underway and the university does not have an immediate replacement for the post.
According to other university officials, Wasave’s resignation was a result of disagreements with Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice-Chancellor of the university. Another official said that it is true that the Examination Controller is over-worked at this time of the year but the reason behind the resignation was the dispute between the two authorities.
Other officials from the university informed that the differences occurred when the Vice-Chancellor sent a memo to Wasave mentioning the failure of a faculty meeting that was called regarding paper correction. Due to lack of supporting staff and excess workload on Wasave, his responsibilities were being compromised and in such a scenario the memo caused more issues and he filed his resignation.
On Monday, November 28, close to 300 teachers of the Commerce stream were summoned to Kalina campus regarding the correction of answer sheets of final year students but the teachers were asked to return after an hour.
Registrar of the university denied that there were no disagreements between Vice-Chancellor Deshmukh and Controller of Examination Wasave. Talking about the incident of the memo, he said that such incidents are part of the administrative process.
University of Mumbai’s position of the CoE has always been a controversial spot as the past CoEs have resigned after short terms of service. Dinesh Bonde, the CoE who served prior to Wasave resigned in August 2015, after 14 months of service. Before him, Padma Deshmukh held office for a shorter duration and resigned in eight months.
The university has been trying to fill the post since the departure of Bonde. So far, three attempts have been made to fill the post and all three were unsuccessful. Earlier the university called off the hiring process because it wasn’t sure of a CoE’s tenure of service. On October 5, a committee headed by the Vice-Chancellor interviewed 10 candidates but none was shortlisted for the post.