After 3 years, varsity gets exam controller
Registrar Too Appointed, Again After Yr-Long Delay
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.