A year after the plan was launched, the University of Mumbai (MU) has failed to conduct the academic audit of its affiliated colleges. The audit involves checking on the academic progress of a college, its infrastructure, grants, quality of faculty, student-teacher ratio, among others.
After several demands by senate members and academicians in July last year, the varsity had proposed a phase-wise academic audit of 50 colleges and had appointed a committee for the same. Nine teams were to be formed to inspect 50 colleges. So far, only 12 colleges have undergone the audit. The varsity has 740 affiliated colleges.
Naresh Chandra, pro vice-chancellor, MU, said, “The academic audit has been done for 12 colleges. More nine colleges are lined up. It is an ongoing process and it will take some time to complete an audit for all the colleges as it will be held in phases.”
According to the Maharashtra Universities Act 1994, it is mandatory for all state varsities to conduct an academic audit once in three years, through the Board of Colleges and University Development (BCUD). However, according to MU officials, the last audit was conducted nearly seven years ago.
Dr Snehalata Deshmukh, former vice-chancellor, MU, said, “Academic audit conducted by the university is important, since all colleges do not go for NAAC accreditation. Also, it is the first step towards examining academic performance of the colleges before going for NAAC scrutiny. It also involves students’ feedback regarding the faculty.”
Several colleges affiliated to MU will undergo the re-accreditation process conducted by (NAAC) in 2017. Sanjay Vairal, senate member, said, “During the tenure of vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar, the varsity did not conduct an academic audit. The university has not formed nine committees as promised last year. The varsity needs to stick to its promise and conduct an academic audit in an efficient and effective manner.”
The principal of a college on the condition of anonymity said that most of the work during the academic audit was conducted by the college itself, even when the special committee was supposed to do them.