MNS student wing demands question papers in Marathi

Activists of Maharashtra Navnirman Vidhyarthi Sena (MNVS) have threatened Mumbai University (MU) officials of dire consequences if students of LLM are not given question papers in Marathi. However, the varsity's board of examination has refused to give into their demands.

According to MNVS activists, students are allowed to write their paper in Marathi, but the question papers they get are in English.

A student said, "The university is at fault. When they allow students to answer papers in Marathi, they should provide questions in Marathi, too."

Students had approached the MNVS with their demand. "Our complaints go unheard but the authorities respond well to political outfits," said another student. MNVS (Mumbai University wing) vice-president Santosh Gangurde said it was injustice to students and authorities were violating the Mumbai University Act. "This course is not available in Marathi in the university, so students opted for it in English. They allow these candidates to answer their exams in Marathi but do not print the question paper in Marathi. This is against the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994."

The exam for LLM begins from May 3. Over 1,000 candidates will be appearing for two exams. Advocate Manoj Tekade, regional vice-president of MNVS said, "Students do not enroll in the course to get passing grades.

Most of the time, these students end up wasting time in translating technical terms. It is the responsibility of the varsity officials offer students such basic facilities. Mumbai University is a state university; it is binding on them to provide question paper in Marathi."

The varsity decided the the question paper would be in English chiefly because the textbooks for the course are in English only. All reference books prescribed by UGC are in English, too. Judgments of the Supreme Court and the High Court are available only in English.

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