Higher Education

Higher Education

Academic autonomy for BMCC likely next week

PUBLISH DATE 30th June 2017

Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) is likely to get academic autonomy status in a week, the icing on the cake as the college enters its 75th year on Friday.

“After Fergusson, the society and the college's representatives have been waiting for autonomy status to be granted by the University Grants Commission (UGC). A final visit by a UGC team came this month.The team has submitted a report. We are expecting a letter from the UGC granting us autonomy in a week,“ principal C N Rawal said on Thursday.

Fergusson College was granted academic autonomy last June to devise its own curricula and exam pattern within the purview of the UGC guidelines.

Both, Fergusson College and BMCC, are run by Deccan Education Society.Member of the governing body Kiran Shaligram said, “For three years, the college has received `A' grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.We wanted autonomy for the college and it was decided to begin the procedure.“

The college plans to ink collaborations with international universities. Talks are on with Arizona State University in the US and Southern University in Louisiana for postgraduate courses in management.

“We are trying to collaborate with the universities in such a way that students are eligible for Z1 visa. The final draft of collaboration with the universities would be out in ten days,“ he added.

Courses on GST

With the Goods and Service Tax (GST) coming into play from July 1, BMCC will begin short courses for students and professionals in small and medium industries and for entrepreneurs.The module of the course, duration and conduct is being worked out, Rawal said.

The college had conduc ted three workshops, Rawal said, “There is fear regarding GST and its impact, but these workshops cleared doubts and simplified the concept. The new courses will impart thorough knowledge about GST.“

Future plans