Though Mumbai University’s 46 postgraduate (PG) departments at its Kalina campus can accommodate 16,000 students, only 9,000 are currently enroled in them. Some of the courses offered have no takers -- the Russian language PG department has had zero enrolment since 2008; two students took up masters of arts (MA) programme in Gujarati in 2009, and none since.
Even popular subjects such as commerce are filled only to half their capacity. The mathematics department, too, has seen a steady fall in the number of registrations in the last three years, according to data of postgraduate registrations in these departments between 2008 and 2010.
The varsity has now asked heads of departments (HoDs) in which enrolments are below 50% of the intake capacity to explain the shortfall. They have also been told to hold seminars and conduct counselling sessions to popularise their subjects among students.