Mumbai : Student organisations of Mumbai University are adamant on their stand of barricading the gates of Mumbai University and block people on Sunday from entering the premises for the University Convocation programme. Also the Students Federation of India (SFI) has appealed to renowned scientist Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar not to attend the varsity’s convocation ceremony on January 12 in solidarity with students and administration’s total neglect towards solving pending issues.
“We will be protesting on a massive level that day and are expecting a crowd of a thousand students to gather on Sunday. Our protests will continue till Prof Hatekar’s suspension is completely revoked,” said Prashant, president of the United Democratic Committee, a student’s union of University.
Prof Hatekar in the past had raised questions about the validity of appointment of Dr Welukar as varsity’s VC. It was alleged that he had submitted misleading documents claiming them as his research papers and also wrongly stated his experience in the teaching profession.
In a press conference held on December 12, as part of a group called Joint Action Committee for Improvement of Higher Education, Prof Hatekar had levelled allegations such as failure to collect its share of annual student fees from colleges, several co-opted members on the boards of studies not being qualified, unusable lecture halls, malpractices in conduct of examinations and dilution of the qualifications for being a PhD guide. As a result he was suspended on January 4.