St Xavier’s College is gearing up to become autonomous by June 2010.
The premiere institute’s autonomy plans await the last stage of approval where a committee from the University Grants Commission (UGC) will come down to assess the college.
If it gets the UGC nod, Xavier’s will be the first college of the Mumbai University to gain autonomy.
Having applied for autonomy over four years ago, the college had to deal with a lot of hurdles. But now, perched at the final stage, it has already put into motion plans for changes they are looking at.
“While we are a college of national excellence, we have the potential to reach the international level. The current format does not allow us to be compatible with foreign standards and we will change all that once we get autonomy,” said principal, Father Frazer Mascarenhas.
The college will be introducing a credit system and a semester system to make it more compatible with foreign universities. It will also make cross-disciplinary study mandatory for students. For example, a science student will need to have an arts perspective, a norm in universities abroad. They have also formulated a continuous evaluation process that will not test only the student’s memory at the end of three years for a degree as done in the current evaluation process.
“We have taken the risk of opting for autonomy and we hope it pays off. We have also set up programmes with universities abroad like Harvard and New York University” added Mascarenhas.
The college will celebrate its 140th anniversary on January 3, 2010, and has come out with a coffee table book, priced at Rs 3,000. The college is also stating an endowment fun and hopes to collect a corpus of Rs 100 crore with help from alummi.