Despite ban, Mumbai university allows new courses, division in colleges
The university defended the move by saying that it hasn’t introduced any new course in its list of approved courses, rather it has merely enabled affiliated colleges to start one or more course from the existing listmumbai Updated: Nov 09, 2016 00:19 IST
Though the state government has banned new colleges or courses by refusing to accept the perspective plans drafted by public universities, the University of Mumbai (MU) has put up an advertisement inviting applications for new courses and divisions, anyway.
The plan is an annual exercise to chart out future growth of a university. It provides details about prospective colleges for different regions under varsity's jurisdiction.
The government had stated that the current perspective plans are not in accordance with the guidelines provided by Narendra Jadhav Committee, which had laid down the policy framework for preparing perspective plans. From the next year, the government wants universities to prepare a five-year perspective plan in addition to the annual plans, as suggested by the committee.
While the varsity insisted that its decision is consistent with the state’s policy, the government has a different take on the matter. A senior officer from the higher and technical education department said while the colleges were allowed to add new divisions to existing courses, any new course or college has to emanate from the long-term perspective plan.
The university defended the move by saying that it hasn’t introduced any new course in its list of approved courses, rather it has merely enabled affiliated colleges to start one or more course from the existing list. “For example, if a college which didn't offer Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), can be allowed to do so,” said Anil Patil, director, Board of College and University Development (BCUD) at MU.
Patil added that while the varsity hasn't decided on the number of new divisions or courses, it will grant approvals to the additions in the existing colleges, depending on the education requirement of a particular region. The colleges must have adequate infrastructure and teachers before applying for additional seats.
"There's no point in multiplying number of institutes, as the varsity is already burdened with a huge number of colleges. The university should allow only good colleges to expand," said Ashok Basak, CEO, Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal, which runs several colleges in the city.
While the state permitted a limited number of new colleges this year, it had decided not to grant permission to any new college in the state in 2015-16. The year before that, only one college was approved.