The student enrollment at Mumbai University rose from 3.42 lakh in 2001 to 5.49 lakh last year. This is a 60.35% increase in the varsity’s student population in the past decade.
Correspondingly, the number of institutions affiliated to the university has gone up by about 106 % from 317 colleges in 2001 to 653 colleges in 2010. There are 67 postgraduate departments that include institutions and centres of study.
The figures were part of the university’s budget presentation at the senate meeting on Saturday.
The budget also included new initiatives such as a quarterly journal to record university activities for which Rs25 lakh have been set aside and an international research journal (Rs5 lakh).
The ongoing construction of the Shankarrao Chavan Training Academy at the Kalina campus got a financial boost of Rs63 lakh.
The institute is meant to train university administrative and academic staff. The university has also received Rs15 lakh in donations last year.
“This year for the first time all university departments, both academic and administrative, have submitted a vision mission document for the year,” said Rajpal Hande, director, Board of College and University Development.
Just as always, the budget estimates for the year show a net deficient of Rs. 40.11 crore. Senate members also raised questions on how allocations in the previous year’s budget remained underutilised. “The funds for financial assistance to backward classes have not been fully utilised. There are several amendments we have made to the budget,” said a senior senate member.
While Rs5 crore has been allocated for exam reforms, senate members said that the new technology used by the university for corrections (optical mark reader) is only further delaying results.
“It has been 80 days and engineering results are not yet out because teachers don’t fully understand the new system. The larger problem that has to be addressed is the shortage of teachers to correct papers,” said a senate member.