Fees for undergraduate courses are likely to go up this year, with the University of Mumbai constituting a fee revision committee to look into the existing fee structure of undergraduate programmes and suggest revisions.
The fees have not been revised in the past five or more years, said university officials. College principals were informed — at a meeting on Tuesday ahead of the new academic year — to mention in their brochures that fees could increase from this year. It is not clear if the revision will only be for fresh students entering first year or for all students.
“The fee revision committee is in the process of being finalised,” said Rajpal Hande, director of the board of college and university development. The fees for Bachelors of Arts, Commerce, Science, Mass Media and Management Studies courses per term range from Rs3,000 to Rs15,000.
The committee’s report will be ready before the start of the academic year, which the university announced as June 11. Class 12 state board exam results are expected on May 23. Undergraduate admissions will begin soon after.
The university has also constituted a credit system review committee to look at the credit-semester system that came into effect for first-year students of arts, commerce and science courses in June last year. Pro vice chancellor Naresh Chandra is heading the committee, which is also likely to submit its report before the new academic year begins.
The university also exhorted colleges, especially those with an A grade from the National Accreditation and National Assessment to apply for autonomy. Around 60 Mumbai University-affiliated colleges have an A grade.
“This is a very good move as it will decrease the burden on the university,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College in Bandra.
The university has faced a series of problems in the past two months including paper leaks, results delays and exam centre misallocations.