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No principals at 452 of 742 Mumbai University colleges

Colleges blame lack of interest among candidates in taking up the post and slow approval process

mumbai Updated: Jan 14, 2016 00:41 IST
Shreya Bhandary

Of the 742 colleges affiliated with University of Mumbai (MU), 452 do not have a principal. According to information revealed by officials at MU, only 290 colleges (aided as well as unaided) have permanent principals whereas the rest are either working with in-charge principals or depending on their senior -most staff member to take over administrative duties of a principal.

While colleges are blaming lack of candidates with the required qualification and experience, many also highlighted the lack of interest in candidates to take up principal’s post for the salary on offer. At present, colleges like Mithibai College and Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics too are working with temporary principals.

“Majority of these colleges without principals are unaided colleges, where the university has no control on the institute. These managements tend to flout rules because there is no financial aid they expect from the government or the university,” said M A Khan, MU registrar. Two years ago, the office of the Director of education in Pune had released a government resolution (GR) that aided colleges who do not appoint a principal within a stipulated time frame will stop getting grants from the government, including teacher salaries. But unaided colleges are not covered under this GR.

“Sadly nobody wants to take up the immense responsibilities that come along with the post of a principal of any institute. The administrative work can be stressful and the fact that there’s not much monetary gain as well, most senior staff members who are eligible for the post end up declining the offer,” said Ancy Jose, principal of Nagindas Khandwala College in Malad.

At Mithibai College, Dileep Kamat has been acting as the in-charge principal for almost a year now. “My approval for the in-charge post came from the university only, after a series of interviews and scrutinising process. This year, I didn’t even go for the interviews so I’m not sure how much longer I hold this post,” said Kamat. Similarly at N M College, Amee Vora is currently holding the post of in-charge principal.

While lack of appropriate candidates is one of the problems highlighted by the college, many also pointed at the slow approval process of the university. “After repeated requests, also we couldn’t find out the problem for delay in approving the post of a principal. University needs to speed up the process for colleges to be able to function properly,” said the principal of a college in Thane, who wished anonymity.