While several colleges have already started conducting lectures online, the two-month delay – academic session began on June 6 last year – coupled with the limitations of online mode of teaching will be a major obstacle for teachers and students in covering their entire syllabus.
The organisation said that it had submitted a detailed set of recommendations to the ministry of human resources development (MHRD) concerning a wide-ranging set of issues, including saffronisation, centralisation and commercialisation of education through NEP.
While the state government has accepted these recommendations, it won’t issue any official directives for its implementation. “There isn’t much the government can do about these recommendations. However, the universities will act on these proposals, by consulting the governor and in accordance with the UGC guidelines,” said an aide to Samant.
SIO has proposed that the fees of all the schools in the state must be reduced by 50% for the months when no physical classes are to be held.
The participants of the protest accused that the police perpetrated unprovoked violence against the innocent students who were agitating peacefully and in a democratic manner.
The agitating students said that the two incidents are indicative of the shrinking space for students from marginalised sections including poors, dalits, tribals and minorities.
The University of Mumbai (MU) is yet to act against the engineering colleges which failed to meet the norms related to admission, finances, staff and infrastructure in the last two academic years.
The University of Mumbai has decided to replace its colonial-era convocation gown with a new dress, which is said to be in line with ‘Indian traditions and culture’. However, for many, it was yet another political ploy aimed at ‘saffronisation’ of 162-year-old varsity.
With backward categories and minorities, especially Muslims, in the state still lagging behind in education, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has demanded that the new government in Maharashtra bring special regulation to ensure adequate representation of SCs, STs and minorities in the educational institutes.
Santosh (Sridevi) Londhe recently completed BA (Psychology) from University of Mumbai’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning