Free Press Journal

Short of teachers, Mumbai University mulls roping in lawyers to check papers


Mumbai : Clearly as a damage control measure, Mumbai University (MU) authorities are thinking of roping in practising lawyers who are not teachers by profession to check the vast number of answer scripts of the law examinations that are yet to be assessed.

Law faculty students are highly of the move arguing that professional lawyers do not have any knowledge about the syllabus and the methodology of paper correction. In fact, even MU’s Law Academy is not in favour of the idea.

Sources told Free Press Journal that university authorities are in the process of finalising the modalities of hiring lawyers for the job. Lawyers volunteering for the purpose will have to report at the centralised assessment process (CAP) centres and will be paid for every paper checked.

Mumbai University law course have very few full-time teachers, hence practising lawyers are called in as guest lecturers. But they surely cannot correct answer scripts. A senior official of the Law Academy who did not wish to be named told Free Press Journal, “It is not right to involve professional lawyers as they are unaware of the assessment process or the courses.”

In its defence, MU authorities said that only those lawyers who are approved for being assessors will be assigned the job. Devanand Shinde, the new acting Vice-Chancellor of MU, told Free Press Journal, “We have assigned the work of assessment only to those practising lawyers who are well versed about the process. We held a meeting with them on Saturday to discuss these issues and the teachers have agreed to focus on the assessment process, so we may not need help from outside.”

Students are worried as MU has managed to declare the results of just one examination of the law course and there is a huge backlog. Sachin Pawar, president of the Student Law Council, said, “The university came out with the results of just one exam to quell discontent. This particular course had very few students. The results mean a lot for the students.”

Out of 477 examinations, results of 323 examinations were declared by Friday night while 154 were pending. “We are working on fixing the technical glitches and hope to speed up the process by Monday so that we can declare the pending results,” Shinde said.