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 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.
Santosh (Sridevi) Londhe recently completed BA (Psychology) from University of Mumbai’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning