SPPU delays responding to our queries, fume Senate members

Pranita Roy
Sunday, 21 April 2019

“Our questions are not accepted if they aren’t framed properly, then how should we accept the yes or no or registered answers given by the university,” fumed Manthalkar.

Pune: Senate members have raised concerns over the delay in response time to letters of queries sent by them. Members have stated that the varsity takes longer than expected to reply to their queries; at times even after repeated follow-ups, the replies are given after six months. 

Irked by this delay, the SPPU senate members had raised this issue at the meeting held on Saturday at the university.

Abhishek Boke, senate member, stated that most of the proposals given by them are not implemented in the university.
 
Rajiv Sabade, senate member, said, “Senate members also have their rights even if they are limited. It is necessary that the university provides information about the development of the proposals and which committee is working on its implementation.”

“We often receive responses like the proposals have been registered or considered by the authorities. An elaboration on the progress of the proposal submitted is needed to know at which stage the proposal is at or how much work has been done over it,” said Bageshri Manthalkar, senate member.

“Our questions are not accepted if they aren’t framed properly, then how should we accept the yes or no or registered answers given by the university,” fumed Manthalkar.

Giving an example of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which despite receiving lakhs of query letters replies to each letter within 48 hours, senate member Santosh Dhore asked why SPPU cannot streamline the process.
 
The Registrar of SPPU, Prafulla Pawar, assured that an independent information cell will be created to provide information to the senate members.

“University receives several query letters and it becomes difficult to sort each of them and reply accordingly. However, we have taken note of this and the university will dedicate an information desk or help desk, which will be equipped to respond to the queries submitted by senate members within a short period of time. The desk will channelise the letters and respond accordingly,” said Pawar.

Delay angers members

  • One of the members had highlighted that a query related to students asking which committee looks after the schemes formulated for students’ welfare and how much budget is allocated for this sector was submitted in November 2018. 
  • However, the reply was received after six months on April 4, 2019. Echoing, similar woes, the senate members had expressed their disappointment over this issue time and again.

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