Mumbai varsity open slots for 5 new colleges, gets 28 proposals

Decision was taken after the state asked the varsity to make provisions; number of proposed colleges goes up from 57 to 62

mumbai Updated: Dec 18, 2017 23:03 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
At present, more than 750 colleges in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts are affiliated with the varsity. (HT file )

After it reintroduced the college affiliation process, the University of Mumbai (MU) has received 28 applications for new colleges .

The university has already processed proposals for 37 new affiliated colleges, that are likely to be set up in the next two years, and sent them to the state government for its approval. Fresh advertisements for colleges were issued after the state directed MU to add five more slots to the existing 57 slots for new colleges created by the university in its perspective plan for the academic year 2019-20. The state also asked the varsity to open a fresh window between December 1 and 15 for educational organisations to propose new colleges.

Presently, more than 750 colleges in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts are affiliated with the MU. The new applications will now be scrutinised and forwarded to the government.

While MU’s perspective plan — the document that charts the future expansion of varsity — had 57 slots for new colleges, an expert committee appointed by the state government recommended adding three slots. Maharashtra State Council for Higher Education and Development (MAHED), which approves perspective plans, added two more slots, taking the tally to 62.

The new slots included three arts-science-commerce colleges each in Wadala, Kandivali (East) and Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) and two law colleges each in Oshiwara-Jogeshwari area and Vashi.

In response to an earlier advertisement, the university had received 46 applications for new colleges, out of which 37 matched the slots created by the varsity.As many as 21 applications were made for arts-science-commerce colleges, including night and woman colleges, although the perspective plan had a provision for 28 such institutes.As part of the plan, MU had proposed three management, two pharmacy , three BEd (Special Education) and seven Fine Arts college in various districts. But none of the earlier applications for new colleges fit the bill for these institutes.

After the state's approval, the varsity will issue letters of intent to educational trusts willing to start new colleges.After construction of college building and appointment of staff, the prospective colleges will go through another round of scrutiny before getting affiliated to university. The colleges will be operational by 2019-20.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 23:03 IST