While the state government has refused to split the University of Mumbai into multiple units, it has promised to start a separate campus in Thane and other places in Konkan region. The announcement was made by higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope in the Assembly on Wednesday.
Tope was replying to a calling-attention notice that asked the government to avoid any delay in construction of a sub-centre in Thane. The local municipal corporation had allotted land for the sub-centre some years ago.
Jitendra Awhad (Nationalist Congress Party) wanted to know the state’s decision on splitting the university and have separate universities for Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.
Tope said the state does not plan to lose the brand value that the university has. “We have appointed a committee to decide on the location of several campuses affiliated to the university. We want all the institutes to bear the name of University of Mumbai,” said Tope.
The minister said that Rs11 crore has been sanctioned for the Thane sub-centre and the state plans to build administrative and academic blocks by 2014.
“We will have courses in management, biotechnology, nanotechnology and food processing in Thane,” he said.