<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when some of the key posts at University of Mumbai are occupied by in-charge officials, uncertainty looms over formation of the varsity’s key governing bodies including the Academic Council, Management Council and the Senate.A few days after the governor removed university Vice-Chancellor Dr Sanjay Deshmukh from his post over the unprecedented delay in declaring examination results, the varsity is yet to begin the process of forming some of the key bodies. The state government had earlier asked the university to complete the process by August 31, six months after Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016 came into effect. The Act mandates universities to complete the process of formation of these bodies by November 30.However, with the process of elections and appointments to some of these bodies yet to kick-start, uncertainty looms over what would happen to them. “The process of formation of these bodies has been delayed due to the results mess and the absence of permanent officials in some key posts, including the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Director, Board of Examinations and Evaluation etc. Even if the process starts now, it cannot meet the November 30 deadline,” said a university official on the condition of anonymity.With the delay, concerns are now being raised over the continuation of ad hoc bodies for another few months. “The university has appointed several underqualified individuals to bodies like the Academic Council and Management Council, who are currently taking all the key decisions. If bodies are not formed soon, students would be affected on a large scale as there would be no accountability to decisions being taken, which would set a dangerous precedent,” said Sanjay Vairal, ex-Senate member of the university.The university’s governing and statutory bodies, including Academic Council, Management Council and Senate are responsible for taking policy decisions and decisions on administrative and academic matters. Currently, these bodies, for which appointments were done on an ad hoc basis under Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, are responsible for all key decisions at the varsity.
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