MUMBAI: Fearing loss of time to complete pending syllabus, many city colleges are planning to hold extra lectures on Sundays in September. With the five-day break for Ganeshotsav, colleges feel teachers will have very little time to focus on academics this semester.
“We can’t cut down the Ganpati holidays as they have been scheduled to the academic calendar by the university from the beginning of the year. Our only choice is to conduct extra lectures after Ganpati holidays,” said Anju Kapoor, principal of UPG College, Vile Parle.
Some colleges are planning extra lectures on Sundays in order to give teachers more time to complete the pending syllabus. “We had made sure that teachers who don’t teach third year classes continue taking lectures while the others reported for assessment duty. While first and second year lectures have been conducted as per schedule, many teachers from the self-finance courses are struggling to complete the syllabus so extra lectures on Sundays is the only option for them,” said Sobhana Vasudevan, principal of R N Podar College, Matunga.
On Tuesday evening, a meeting between university officials was called for to discuss the need for a five-day break for Ganpati. However, no official statement has been released about change in schedule. “As of now, the fiveday break remains, just as it was mentioned in the academic calendar. Changes, if any, will be communicated to colleges on Thursday,” said Leeladhar Bansod, public relations officer, MU.