‘Saki Naka school forcing us to pay development fund’
ceipts of Rs 100 each, and have been asked to collect Rs 1,000 from people we know. Many of us are from the poor economic strata and cannot pay this money. School officials are threatening us that they would fail the children and won’t allow them to come to school if we fail to pay, “said the parent of a Class 1 student on the condition of anonymity. At a time when close to 4,000 students at the University of Mumbai are still awaiting their results, five months after the exams, the varsity’s Academic Council has hailed Dr Sanjay Deshmukh ‘s decision of introducing on-screen evaluation at a meeting convened on Wednesday.
The university’s academic council in its meeting on Wednesday passed a resolution congratulating Dr Sanjay Deshmukh (who is currently being sent on ‘forced leave’ owing to the result mess) for his ‘efforts that led to the introduction of the onscreen marking (OSM) system’ hailing it as a successful practice. Sources in the academic council said that a senior professor who happens to be close to Deshmukh proposed that the council should acknowledge Dr Deshmukh’s efforts for bringing in a new system of evaluation. This was backed by a group of academicians who are a part of the council and a resolution congratulating Dr Deshmukh was passed.
University officials denied that such a resolution was passed. “No such decision was taken” responded Dr Devanand Shinde, acting Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai. The tussle between Mumbaikars for and against the construction of the Metro-3 line between Colaba and SEEPZ has reached the Bombay High Court. A group of citizens from Colaba, Mahim and Andheri have come out in support of the metro line, and want it to be expedited for the betterment of the city.
Michael Pereira, a resident of Colaba, informed the court that he would want to intervene in the petition filed by Cuffe Parade resident Robin Jaisinghani seeking a stay on the metro work during night time. Pereira told the court that Jaisinghani’s petition need not be construed as the opinion of the majority of Mumbaikars.
Pereira has been allowed to file a application, raising his objections on Friday.
A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice NM Jamdar has asked the Mumbai Metro Rail
Corporation Limited (MMRCL) to file an affidavit on the kinds of work which cause the maximum noise. A time schedule of works which need to be carried out during daytime, and its completionhas also been called for.
The bench also indicated to the petitioner, “There has to be some compromise.”
The directions were given during the hearing of the petition filed by Jaisinghani who has sought stay of work during night-time as it violates noise pollution norms.