Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has asked the Vice Chancellor Vilas Sapkal to prepare a scheme to ensure that the academic interests of students would be protected and to submit such proposal for the consideration of the High Court. The matter is already sub-judice.
The former Union Minister Mukul Wasnaik and some Vidarbha MLAs Chainsukh Sancheti, Namdeo Usendi and Ramratanbapu Raut had met the Governor at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Wednesday to discuss the issue of students of the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University.
In a press release, Raj Bhavan said, “The delegation expressed concern over the fate of students from the Nagpur University who had taken admission to Colleges that have been blacklisted by the University and now face the prospect of denial of permission to take examinations. The delegation sought the Governor’s intervention in permitting students to appear for the examinations conducted by the university.”
Over 250 colleges were blacklisted by the varsity before the beginning of the academic year 2013-14 over alleged malpractices in the appointment of under-qualified teachers and in exams. Hundreds of students were enrolled in different years at that time whose future is in dark since then.
The controversy rose to national level couple of months back forcing the President Pranab Mukherjee to cancel his program to attend the convocation ceremony of the Nagpur University. The convocation ceremony was also deferred following that.
Minister Rajesh Tope told the Governor that most of the Colleges blacklisted by the Nagpur University were not actually functioning. He urged the MLAs to cooperate with the University authorities in finding an amicable solution to the problem.
The Governor asked the Minister for Higher Education to deal with the larger issue of appointment of under-qualified teachers by Colleges and the resultant impact on the quality of higher education in the State.