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University of Pune goof ups: Joshi suspension

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 10:29am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

A three-member probe panel hold former UoP controller of examination Sampada Joshi responsible for all the goof ups in the examination department. Will this move better the department which is marred with irregularities? Has Joshi been made the scapegoat? dna explores
  • University of Pune (UoP)-examinations A three-member probe panel hold former University of Pune (UoP) controller of examination Sampada Joshi responsible for all the goof ups in the examination department. dna Correspondent dna Research & Archives

Despite getting everything, she couldn't perform
If your networking with others is not good, if you have no control over the system you are running, then such unwanted removal is bound to happen. I totally welcome the vice chancellor's decision to remove the exam department chief and we are confident that now the exam department will get streamlined. However, you have to give around 2-3 months to rectify the mess that is left behind. If you are heading a department it does not mean that you do not get up from the chair and assume that everything will be taken care of. When Joshi was on the post, the varsity vice chancellor, management and the deans were helping her whenever she complained and demanded any change. When she had given a list of staffers to the VC, who she demanded to be removed or transferred, the VC did so. When she wanted additional computers for the department, she was given that. Despite given everything she demanded, she couldn't perform. Complaints of revaluation work getting late, results getting late besides the goof ups, were bound to lead to such a thing. 
Sanjeev Sonawane, dean, education faculty, & member, Management Council, UoP

Sampada Joshi has been made a victim by senate members 
I do not welcome the University of Pune's decision to remove exam department chief Sampada Joshi. In fact Joshi had introduced many new modules to improve the exam department's functionality. Individually, as the head of the exam department, she was very reformative, may be that is why she had to face ire of her subordinates and those above her. I feel as the head of department, Joshi was doing a better job, but the problem is with the system she was working within. I don't see any improvement by removing Joshi and leaving others who were equally responsible for goof ups. I feel Joshi has been made a victim by the senate members and the management council, to safeguard others. There is nothing to celebrate unless the exam department is freed from the bureaucratic hold. 
Suresh Jain, general secretary, Students Welfare Association of Pune 

There is monopoly in the examination dept
I don't think removing Samapada Joshi is a solution to improve the university's exam department. If she has been removed for mismanagement and irregularities and goof ups in various examinations, what about the other staffer that are working in the department? Unless the main person responsible for the goof ups is removed, the department cannot be streamlined. There are many in the department who are working for more than three years and there is monopoly in the system. First these people should be transferred. Today the whole exam department must be overhauled to increase its productivity. Over the years the number of students enrolling has increased but there has been no reform in the system. The university's online examination process is still marred with various problems.
Gajanand Ekbote, senate member, UoP 

Few initiatives of exam dept were good
I do not know about the internal issues of the university are and why Joshi was removed. However, I would like to appreciate few recent reformative steps taken by the examination department. The BBA and BCA question papers were made available online, wherein we just had to make copies from the uploaded online copy. Barcoding of the answer book, was a very good initiative, which will lead to transparency. However, one complaint is that now the hard copies of examination question papers are reaching us just one day before and that also late in the evening beyond our office times. Previously, we would receive these question papers two-three days before the exams, which was very convenient.
MD Lawrence, principal, Marathwada Mitra Mandal's College of Commerce 

Decision is unjust & vindictive
Despite my consistent endeavours aiming to bring in transparency, efficacy, accuracy and reliability in the examination process, I feel humiliated having received a suspension order from University of Pune. From the day I joined as Controller of Examination at UoP, till receiving the suspension order, I have not received any memo /warning /show cause notice, or any communication of that sort from the university. Issuing a suspension order on the basis of an interim report is unjust, vindictive in nature by targeting a person and leading to violation of law and principles of natural justice. I am being victimized for trying to curb unfair practices in the examination process and trying to bring in a complete transparency by introducing various systems and technological interventions. I have been constantly briefing the vice chancellor of the UoP in writing and orally about all the recent developments. Undue inside and outside pressures, has been singling out a woman officer like me despite working purely in the interest of the university and student community. So far as the issues of examination department are concerned, the entire university administration has been targeting me and holding me responsible, more so when all concerned are aware that examination activity is a collaborative activity and collective responsibility of all sections involved (students, teachers, college administration and university end). In view of this unjust, unfair and vindictive decision of the University of Pune, I have been left with no choice but to approach the chancellor and also move the appropriate judicial authority for justice and self respect.
Sampada Joshi, former controller of examination, University of Pune (in statement issued to the media)

Joshi was not approachable and non-cooperative 
Though the inquiry will go on, the committee members have fixed initial responsibility on Joshi and after this, I suspended her. There were complaints from students, teachers, deans, faculties, senate members and other sections of varsity that controller of examination, Joshi was not approachable and non-cooperative and used to take decisions arbitrarily without keeping other people in the loop. I am very hopeful that the exam section will be reformed and there will not be any room for anyone to point fingers in the future.
Wasudev Gade, UoP vice chancellor 

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