The Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur Senate Meeting on November 28 didn’t bear any fruitful results and got adjourned once again till Friday as expected. The Senate Member’s adamant attitude over the removal of the names of 250 banned colleges from blacklist became a pressing issue drawing discussions and deliberations on hot priority. This in turn led the meeting to conclude without any concrete results.
The meeting which started at 11 am in the morning dwelt on the issue of the withdrawal of Legal Counsel of RTMNU Rohit Deo and Purushottam Patil from appearing for university in the issue of banned colleges which rocked the house. The members demanded the reason for their discontinuance without any responsibility and the move to back-off suddenly without giving proper reason.
According to information these Lawyers had phoned the Vice Chancellor Dr.Vilas Sapkal on Tuesday and conveyed their inability to continue with the responsibility of defending the RTMNU. During the meeting Dr. Sapkal confirmed that the lawyers did call him and had informed him of not continuing being the Legal Council for RTMNU. The Management Council Members had accused the administration and the Standing Counsel for not presenting the issue of 250 banned colleges properly in the court. Dr Baban Taywade had earlier demanded that the university should call the Standing Counsel and show the replies filed in the High Court.
Another issue which hovered over the Council Meeting was the postponement of the 100th Convocation of RTMNU due to the cancellation of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit. Senate Member Mahendra Nimbarte moved a call to attention motion on this issue. Dr. Sapkal while replying to this question said that the reason for the cancellation of the President’s visit is still not known to him. The RTMNU Administration and the Management Council had done all the preparations and were ready to host the Convocation on time. He assured the house that the convocation will be held soon and that the management and RTMNU authorities will request the President to come again.
The whole house unanimously opined that holding the convocation as soon as possible, with or without the President will definitely make more sense.
Advocate Abhijeet Wanjari while speaking on this issue said that due to the delay in convocation, imparting the degrees to thousands of students lies pending. Many Students who topped particular subjects or their college or University are also deprived of receiving their gold medals. He added that holding the convocation within a period of 1.5 months will definitely be a face-saving move. He suggested the name of Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan as the Chief Guest for the convocation.
Another Senate member Ramesh Pise said that it is not necessary that the degrees be given by the President only. What is important is the degree and not by whom it is given.
Dr. Baban Taywade while speaking on this issue asked why no complaints that RTMNU degrees were bogus filed earlier. Why was this issue raised at the last moment prior to the convocation? He vehemently added that we should have defended our university and our degrees. We should have proudly said that our degrees are not bogus, which in fact they are not. Students should feel proud receiving their degrees from RTMNU.
The Vice Chancellor while replying on this issue said that the convocation date has to be sent to the Governor first for his assent. The Convocation will be organized as soon as possible.
Senate member Mahendra Nimbarte had a wordly duel with Dr Sapkal when Nimbarte raised a call to attention motion which was discussed for nearly 1.5 hours after which the VC cooly said that he has not accepted the proposal.
A lot of discussions and deliberations on various nitty gritties of the convocation, degrees, chief guests etc. were dwelt at length during the meeting.
The Senate Council Meeting will be reconvened on November 29, 2013 at 12 noon, since the meeting held of November 28, 2013 did not yield any result and had to be adjourned with a lot of topics on the agenda had yet been discussed and finalized.