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Savitribai Phule Pune University has autonomy for colleges on agenda

This is one of the targets among the many other goals enlisted in the five-year plan recently released by the varsity.

pune Updated: Aug 28, 2018 16:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,SPPU,Pune university
SPPU wants to improve its national institutional ranking framework (NIRF) ranking from ninth to fifth, for which it has charted out a plan. (HT Photo)

In line with the national agenda of the central government to enable educational institutions to become independent, the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has decided to lead at least 60 colleges affiliated to it on the path of autonomy. This target is one among the many other goals enlisted in thefive-year plan recently released by the varsity.

The first step to get autonomy is to get colleges accredited and hence, the immediate target of the university is to accredit all 882 colleges affiliated to it. The draft of the five-year plan from 2019-20 to 2023-24, which has now gone for approval to the Maharashtra Uchcha Shikshan Parishad, states that the target is to get at least 200 colleges A grade by NAAC in the near future.

For now, a total of 190 colleges out of 882 have applied for the NAAC accreditation and have received their grades.Four hundred and ninety more colleges have to get themselves evaluated by NAAC in the coming years, the draft stated.

The plan records all the future infrastructural and academic developments in the university.

With more number of affiliated colleges with A grade under NAAC, the university will have a better chance of improving its national ranking as a state university, stated varsity officials. The feat is likely to be bolstered with the varsity’s plan to open 58 new colleges in Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts, and setting up of 100 newskill development courses in the next five years.Setting up of 10 centres as ‘innovation and incubation’ hubs and increasing the number of PhD students from 685 to 900 per year, is also on the agenda.

Through these efforts, the varsity wants to improve itsnational institutional ranking framework (NIRF) ranking fromninth to fifth.

In addition to this, it also planstomake the placement procedure robust, by expanding thenumber of placement cells from 439 (which benefits around 35,000 students) to 850 centres, which can benefit at least 1,10,000 students.

University’s road to the top

1. Plan to improve NIRF ranking from 9th to 5th.2.882 colleges affiliated under the varsity to be accredited

3. At least 200 colleges get A grade in NAAC accreditation

4.190 colleges out of the pool of 882 had applied for NAAC accreditation and have received their grades.

5. 490 more colleges will be evaluated by NAAC in the coming years

6. Setting up of58 new colleges in Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts

7. Increasing the number of PhD students from 685 to 900 per year

8. Increasing placement cells from 439 for 35,000 students to 850 centers that can benefit at least 1,10,000 students

9. 60 colleges to apply for autonomy

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 16:39 IST