‘Saki Naka school forc­ing us to pay devel­op­ment fund’

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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.

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