Education minister Uday Samant came under attack from Nagpur University’s statutory body members for not granting them time to meet during his visit to review final year exam preparations.
The members, particularly students’ representatives, wanted to meet the minister for discussing several difficulties faced by examinees while appearing in MCQ tests, which is being held for the first time. They flayed Samant for inviting politicians for such crucial meetings related to academics and taking feedback only from them.
MLC Dushyant Chaturvedi and former MLC Prakash Gajbhiye shared dais with the minister during a review meeting held at NU’s Jamnalal Bajaj administrative complex.
Samant couldn’t be contacted for his comments as his phone was switched off.
Vishnu Changde, a Management Council member, had replied to Samant’s tweet stating that instead of meeting NU members who are elected on various statutory bodies, he preferred to seek feedback from netas, hardly having any idea about NU affairs and students’ grievances.
“The students are confused. A majority of them don’t know anything about MCQ pattern. We wanted to apprise the minister of all such problems faced by students while appearing in online exams. He, however, discussed administrative problems with politicians. Ideally, he should have invited various students’ organizations along with statutory members to discuss problems faced by the university,” Changde told TOI.
Another member said since Changde had a background of ABVP, being its activist, the minister didn’t give him an appointment. On the other hand, Samant met students wing members of Aam Admi Party (AAP). “When we enquired with NU officials on why he (Samant) chose to ignore our demand, we were told that the minister himself had instructed them on not to allow anyone to meet him without his permission. Students’ representatives are better informed about problems faced by examinees than outsider,” he said.
He added that even members were having grievances with the NU administration which they wanted to discuss with the minister and also had a few suggestions for improving the work efficiency.
ABVP stages protests against Samant
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists on Wednesday staged protests at Reshimbagh and Zansi Rani Square against education minister Uday Samant alleging that he and Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government were interfering with the autonomy granted to universities and forcing their administrations to follow their diktats. According to them, the students of final year and ATKT were confused over the government’s wrong policies and flip-flops over the examination issue, despite clear directives by the University Grants Commission.
“There were a lot of issues which the minister should have listened to during his visit to the city. It included waiving off 30% college fees for all students this academic session, refund of exam fees charged by NU, and clearing confusion of first and second year ATKT students, among others,” said activist Sanket Jawalkar.
The ABVP also flayed action taken on their Amravati University counterparts when they went to meet Samant with problems faced by the students. “Our volunteers were detained and confined to lock-up for entire night. An offence was also lodged against activist Ravi Dandge, which we condemn,” said the ABVP in a statement.
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)