Mumbai university approves 22 new colleges; city to get 6
University of Mumbai (MU) will add 22 colleges across Maharashtra in the next academic year, thus taking its tally of affiliated colleges to 796.
Of the 22 new colleges, the city will get six — a law college in Malad, two arts, science and commerce institutes at Wadala and Dahisar, two night colleges in Chembur and Charni Road and a women’s college at Bandra. The rest of the colleges will come up at Navi Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.
On April 26, MU management council approved the new colleges. The list now awaits a final nod from the state government, which is expected by June 15, said a varsity official.
The list of 22 new institutes includes seven law colleges and an institute for hotel management. The remaining are traditional arts, science and commerce colleges — two are night colleges and two women-only institutes . The varsity is not adding engineering, management, pharmacy, architecture and teacher training colleges owing to the vast number of vacant seats in the existing institutes.
During the last approval cycle, which took place in 2016, the state allowed setting up 24 degree colleges under MU, including 10 law institutes. Even then, no new colleges for other professional courses were added.
In February, the state had issued letters of intent (LOIs) to educational trusts which had applied to set up these institutes, giving them a go-ahead. They trusts were given time till January 31 to meet the norms related to infrastructure and faculty, so that classes can start by the next academic year. However, all the trusts fulfilled these norms within months, thus enabling them to start colleges in 2018-19.
The varsity’s perspective plan for 2018-19 — document that charts the future expansion of varsity — had 62 slots for new colleges, 15 of which were added by the state. However, it later decided to issue LOIs to only 22 of them.
According to academicians, the new colleges will largely cater to rising demand for higher education in smaller towns of Maharashtra despite adding to the MU’s burden. A few believe that sustaining new colleges will be a problem.