Mumbai: Students relieved as state declares all varsities to have deans

Mumbai: Students studying in various universities in the state will finally have a ‘go-to’ authority, to approach during times of adversity and to resolve various issues. The state education ministry has declared it will be hiring deans for all universities of Maharashtra as these posts have been lying vacant for several months.

For lack of funds, the state had stopped hiring deans for various departments in all universities. This freeze directly affected students because the students had no one they could approach at the faculty level. It is the responsibility of deans to cater to all students’ issues, ranging from attendance, fee hikes, academic disruption to student protests on campus.

Vinod Tawde, state education minister of school and secondary education, revealed the state government has given a nod to begin hiring. Tawde said, “We have received a go-ahead from the state cabinet to hire deans in all state universities for next academic year. These posts have been lying vacant for a long time and deans are important in any university to cater to students’ needs.”

Students say they are relieved by the this decision. Sayali Surve, a student said, “We have been facing issues like the delayed results and examination messes. We complain to the dean to seek a quick resolution of these issues at the management – and college-level. We cannot directly approach principals or the registrar of our universities, so we often address our complaints to the dean, but since there weren’t any, we were in a fix.”

The dean of student affairs (DOSA) is an important authority in state universities. Just recently, students of Mumbai University and Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) had raised the issue of vacancies. The Mumbai University has now declared it will hire a registrar and director and controller of board of examination by January 7, 2019. These posts have lying vacant after the results delay in 2017.

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