Mumbai University Chancellor and Governor of Maharashtra Ch. Vidyasagar Rao today (Tuesday) removed Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh as the vice-chancellor (VC) of Mumbai University following the fiasco that the university faced over the delayed announcement of examination results due to a flawed digital assessment process. The reason cited is gross negligence, for failing to implement the On-Screen Marking system and for not declaring results of examinations held in Summer-2017 within the stipulated time limit, as per press release issued from Raj Bhavan.
To remove Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh as Mumbai University VC, The Chancellor of University of Mumbai and Governor of Maharashtra CH. Vidyasagar Rao exercised of the powers conferred upon him under Section 11(14)(e) of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016.
The University has been in the news for all the wrong reasons ever since it decided to upload the answer sheets and get them evaluated electronically. The removal of Deshmukh puts to rest the impending demands of the vice-chancellor’s resignation from different quarters following the uncertainty that thousands of students had to face due to the extremely delayed announcement of results this year.
It may be noted that after the long delay in declaring results of over four lakh Mumbai University students, the call for the resignation of Deshmukh had gained momentum slowly. On 26 September, Rao had cracked the whip and sought Deshmukh’s resignation, failing which he could face dismissal.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
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