Hundreds of TYBSc students were left in the lurch after examiners didn’t show up for Monday’s practical exams.
Nearly 5,000 teachers associated with Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU) have boycotted exam work since February 5, pending several demands with the state government. This tussle has left the Mumbai university red-faced, as it will have to reschedule the exam.
Students were to appear for practicals in seven subjects — chemistry, zoology, botany, biochemistry, microbiology, statistics and biotechnology — on Monday. However, of the 70 exam centres, over half couldn’t conduct the exam.
“We were asked to go home after waiting for two hours,” says a student of Thakur College in Kandivli.
Stating that they will continue to boycott, Madhu Paranjape, general secretary of BUCTU, said, “Instead of creating confusion and anxiety among students, MU should postpone the exam to support us.”
However, the university claims that of 62 centres, exams were conducted at 46. Deepak Wasave, in-charge controller of exams, MU, said, “Of 5,000 students, 63% gave the exam on Monday. For those who couldn’t, we will soon announce new dates.”
MU has threatened to take action against colleges unwilling to undertake exam work.
Wasave said, “The issue is between the teachers and the state. Why they are holding the students at ransom?”