The University of Mumbai is setting up a community college in association with Hindustan Coca Cola. The decision was made in the academic council meeting on Wednesday.
The college will look to empower disadvantaged students with skills to make them employable, and give them vocational training. These students will then be absorbed by Coca Cola.
All Class 12 students will be eligible for the courses offered by the college. The college, which will be set up in a rural area, will offer a one-year certificate programme and a two-year associate degree programme.
A community college is an alternative system of education, which aims to empower the disadvantaged and underprivileged through appropriate skill development. It helps them find gainful employment in collaboration with the local industry and community. It serves all segments of society and offers equal and fair opportunity to all students
“This is the first time a public-private partnership model is being adopted by the university for a college. Students who have completed the associate degree can directly apply for admission to the third year of any corresponding degree course,” said Vinod Malale, university PRO.
No change in credit system
The academic council decided not to change the current credit-based choice system (CBCS), which was introduced in the last academic session. A review panel had submitted a report recommending a few changes, but none were accepted. “The council believed that the purpose of the continuous evaluation across the semester will not be served if the pattern of CBCS is changed. The proposed pattern would not have justified the system,” said an official.