mid-day editorial: Shake off the amnesia, get a grievance cell, MU

Published: Nov 22, 2017, 06:06 IST | mid-day correspondent

Just as one thought that Mumbai University (MU) couldn't goof up again, we read about another of its lacunae. Once again, it is the students who are at the receiving end

Just as one thought that Mumbai University (MU) couldn't goof up again, we read about another of its lacunae. Once again, it is the students who are at the receiving end. MU 'forgot' to set up a new Students' Grievance Cell after the existing one was dissolved last year, a report in this paper says.

With no clarity on their previous results and no satisfactory answer from varsity's exam section, students thought they could approach the grievance cell, only to find that there is none. The MU office has been accepting grievance applications, only to pile them on and have them gather dust. The number of students and their problems are increasing daily, but there's nobody to address those because such a cell is non-existent.

It is important that a grievance cell is set up without delay. How can one 'forget' to set it up? Who is the person responsible for it? Is it a particular department in the University or an individual? They need to be asked some tough questions about this inexplicable and ludicrous forgetfulness. Perhaps more importantly, is this selective or deliberate amnesia? Perhaps we will never know. MU, which was once the best in the country, is today at its nadir and needs to do some soul searching.

Students must have a proper avenue that addresses their problems and gives solutions. They are under tremendous stress after huge blunders in the On Screen Marking system. Many of these mistakes will cost so many a year, or even a career; it is not too far-fetched to say that. At a time like this, when things are in complete disarray and our youngsters are floundering about because of confusion and ineptitude, a grievance cell, which is active, has teeth and fulfils its functions, is the need of the hour. Time to shake off memory lapses, apathy and indifference, MU. Get that grievance cell.

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