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The Spires Spiral Down

The decline in one of the best universities in India has hastened in the last two years

The Spires Spiral Down
Apoorva Salkade
The Spires Spiral Down
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

String Theory...

  • Controversial appointment of Dr Rajan Welukar as V-C challenged in Bombay HC
  • Ex-Gov S.C. Jamir had told govt vested interests wanted their man in V-C’s post
  • V-C on board of firm which has handled exam work
  • Bungling and gaffes cause students much anxiety

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The 155-year-old University of Mumbai, with its iconic Rajabai Tower and a roll-call of illustrious alumni, was once ranked in the top 500 universities of the world. Now, it could well be the subject of a doctoral thesis on how a premier intellectual institution was ruined. The accelerated decline in its academics and administration in the last couple of years has spawned a number of jokes; the cruellest of them revolves around the inability of vice-chancellor Dr Rajan Welukar to comprehend the complex delineation of the university’s decline.

Calls for Welukar’s resignation now span across the university senate,...

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