Af­ter 3 years, var­sity gets exam con­troller

Reg­is­trar Too Ap­pointed, Again Af­ter Yr-Long De­lay

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Three years af­ter the last ex­am­i­na­tion con­troller va­cated of­fice, Mum­bai Uni­ver­sity fi­nally filled the post on Mon­day. Vinod Patil, a sys­tem an­a­lyst from North Ma­ha­rash­tra Uni­ver­sity, Jal­gaon, was ap­pointed as the di­rec­tor, Board of Ex­am­i­na­tion and Eval­u­a­tion (BoEE), ear­lier called exam con­troller.

The post had been va­cant since Au­gust 2015, when Di­nesh Bhonde stepped down. Patil is prob­a­bly the first full-time con­troller to have an ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion in com­puter man­age­ment. An­other cru­cial post, of the reg­is­trar, was filled on Mon­day with Ajay Desh­mukh’s ap­point­ment.

Desh­mukh is the sit­ting reg­is­trar at Sant Gadge Baba Am­ra­vati Uni­ver­sity. The reg­is­trar’s post was va­cant for over one-and-a half years, af­ter M A Khan left of­fice in May 2017. Both of­fi­cials will take charge this week.

While the reg­is­trar’s post is cru­cial to the ad­min­is­tra­tion, the ef­fi­ciency of the exam con­troller has a di­rect im­pact on ex­am­i­na­tions, and there­fore, stu­dents. Though Ar­jun Ghat­ule, the con­troller of Yash­wantrao Cha­van Ma­ha­rash­tra Open Uni­ver­sity, who has been hold­ing the exam con­troller’s charge since 2017 in MU, had com­pleted his mas­ter’s de­gree in com­puter ap­pli­ca­tion, his was not a per­ma­nent ap­point­ment to the post. Ghat­ule, who had ap­plied for both posts, did not ap­pear for the in­ter­views.

Patil has not only com­pleted his mas­ter’s in com­puter man­age­ment, he even pur­sued his PhD in the same sub­ject. Since the new Ma­ha­rash­tra Pub­lic Uni­ver­si­ties Act of 2016 made it manda­tory for the exam con­troller to have knowl­edge in in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy (ICT), his ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion may have proven to be an ad­van­tage. Patil said he is fa­mil­iar with the func­tion­ing of MU, as he had held the post of deputy reg­is­trar here for a brief pe­riod in 2012. “My PhD was in fact on the Ag­gar­wal com­mit­tee (a state gov­ern­ment com­mit­tee formed in 2012 to rec­om­mend exam re­forms) re­port. Re­forms are cru­cial in the ex­am­i­na­tion sec­tion at this point and I plan to un­der­stand the sys­tem be­fore rec­om­mend­ing changes,” Patil told TOI. He said the use of ICT is very im­por­tant to stream­line the ex­am­i­na­tion process and he will im­ple­ment it to make the ex­am­i­na­tion process friendly for stu­dents. “All the pro­cesses should be made on­line to en­sure stu­dents do not make mul­ti­ple vis­its to the cam­pus, and that will be my prime agenda,” he said.

For the exam con­troller’s post, a to­tal of 29 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived.

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