The Nashik and Ahmednagar centres of Savitribai Phule Pune University will now run a host of degree courses in various disciplines for the benefit of students from these areas, who are presently forced to travel to the Pune centre for education.
The courses include those in science and technology , commerce and management, mental science as well as skill development, among others.They will start from 2018-19 academic year and the SPPU is currently scouting for campuses where these courses could be started.
“I recently visited the subcentre in Nashik and found that nothing except routine paper work happens there. A sub-centre needs to be more than a place to receive and send official correspondence, and hence we have decided to start courses there. We may even shift some faculties there for the same. But as of now, we will definitely start skill development courses,“ SPPU vice-chancellor NR Karmalkar said.
The skill development courses will be selected on the basis of the need of the area and local artisans or technology present. “Yeola in Nashik is famous for weaving Paitha ni silk. So, we may open something related to it there. Similar is the case with a course on processing of grapes. The idea is to start at least one masters course by next year along with skill development courses to benefit students of these areas,“ Karmalkar said.
Land will be purchased in the outskirts of both the cities for permanent structures.Meanwhile, the courses will start in buildings on rent.Plan to lower passing marks in Law faculty SPPU officials have propo sed to lower the aggregate marks required to clear graduate law course to 40% from the existing 50%. “We are thinking of lowering the aggregate pass marks to 40% from 50%. A proposal is in motion and soon a decision will be taken,“ Karmalkar said.
Focus on social media presence
In a news conference held on Wednesday, SPPU vice-chancellor NR Karmalkar said, “In most of the world rankings, perception is a big factor. We are hence trying to improve social media presence of the varsity. We are thinking of having a cell, which will look after and strategise our social media presence.“
35 colleges sans regular principals
SPPU vice-chancellor said on Wednesday that colleges without regular principals cannot apply for accreditation. “There are 35 such colleges in the state, of which two are in Pune city.Action will be taken against them if a full-time principal isn't appointed. Notice has already been sent to them,“ the vice-chancellor said.
Delay in students' revaluation docus
Strict action will be taken against colleges delaying students' revaluation documents, SPPU VC said on Wednesday. “The students suffer because of the negligence on the part of colleges and that is not acceptable. Hence, from now on, any college that delays submitting anything regarding revaluation will have to face the music,“ he said.
Talking about the recent allegations of malpractice in examination department of the varsity, the VC said it is being investigated.