The city will get three new women’s colleges and two night colleges in the next academic year, according to the new perspective plan by the University of Mumbai (MU).
Two of the women’s colleges offering education in traditional arts, science and commerce streams will be started in Dadar and Ghatkopar, while the third will be a law college in the island city. The night colleges, both of which will be traditional arts, science, commerce colleges, have been planned for Fort and Kurla areas.
The move is in accordance with the policy framework prepared by the state-level committee under economist Narendra Jadhav.
The committee had advocated extending educational opportunities to women and working population in urban areas. Anil Patil, director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD), which created the plan, said. “The plan reflects the guidelines provided by Narendra Jadhav committee.”
Answering the long-standing demand of student groups, the varsity is also looking to add four law colleges in Mumbai - one in eastern suburbs, one in western suburbs, two in island city including one reserved for women. The city will also get a general arts-science-commerce college, a b-school, a fine arts institute, an architecture college and a B.Ed. college.
However, with a number of seats lying vacant in the professional colleges, no new engineering or pharmacy institute will be permitted in the city in 2016-17. “There exists a large gap between the intake capacity and actual enrolment in professional institutes”, the Jadhav committee report had noted. The varsity, nevertheless, will allow a new engineering college and a pharmacy college in each of the four districts of Konkan region.
The plan offers little progress on the vocational education front, skill development being one of the central themes in the guidelines provided by Jadhav Committe. For colleges in the city and suburbs, it simply notes, “The affiliated colleges that have been accredited or re-accredited by National Assesment and Accreditation Centre (NAAC) will be invited to apply for ‘smart college’ designation.”