03 March, 2021

The Spires Spiral Down

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

Apoorva Salkade
The Spires Spiral Down

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


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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