Mumbai University fined ₹25,000 for evading RTI applications

The State Information Commission has penalised Mumbai University with a ₹25,000 fine for repeatedly avoiding RTI applications. The Commission has also ordered a detailed investigation of the entire matter

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After the apex educational institution of the city, Mumbai University kept evading a Right To Information (RTI) application, the State Information Commission ordered a fine of ₹25,000 to the university. The RTI to know about the fees collected by the University for revaluation of papers between 2010 and 2017 was repeatedly avoided by Mumbai University which led to the penalty.

Alongside, the Commission has ordered a detailed investigation of the entire matter and directed the officials to take disciplinary action against the defaulters. 

The RTI was filed by a student, Akash Vedak, demanding the data about the fees collected by University for revaluation of papers between 2010 and 2017 along with the detailed report of the cost-incurring during the correction of revaluation examination papers. Alongside, he had filed the application several times but did not receive a response and eventually, he approached the State Information Commission in April to get the information but still the University did not budge. 

Accordingly, during the November hearing of the case, the Commission penalised Mumbai University with a ₹25,000 fine. Also, they ordered a detailed investigation along with directions to take disciplinary action.

Every year, the University collects millions of rupees from students through revaluation fees. The fees are collected in order to reimburse the cost of papers, photocopies of answer sheets and stationery. Therefore, the students have demanded information about the amount of profit made by the University and the detailed calculation of cost incurred. 

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