`Managing Such A Huge Number To Take A Toll'
The state government has added 10 colleges to Mumbai University's proposed 47 for the 2018-19 academic session, taking the total count of new institutes to 57. With the new additions, the number of affiliated colleges will cross the 800-mark in the next two years.
The university , which is already reeling under the burden of managing 782 colleges, will soon have 839--the highest affiliated to any public universities in the state till date. With very few colleges going in for autonomy and bifurcation plans still on hold, managing the administration and exams for the large numbers is likely to take a toll on the university's reputation, say academicians. The government recently approved the perspective plan proposing 57 new colleges in eight districts under the university's jurisdictions.
A law college exclusively for women is one of the 12 new ones that Mumbai is likely to getthe first such under the university. In all, nine law colleges are coming up in the university's jurisdiction to meet increasing demand. Law enrolment has more than doubled in the past six-seven years.
While the university has proposed 47 colleges based on a thorough study of the requirement in different regions, the decision to add 10 more is political, alleged a principal. “There is a genuine requirement of law and even night colleges. Adding more arts, science and commerce, other than in newer regions such as Palghar, does not serve any purpose. Dahisar, for instance, has no requirement for a traditional arts, science and commerce college. But a provision has been made by the government,“ said the principal.
The state has retained the powers of approval of new colleges with them, said former vice-chancellor Bhalchandra Mungekar. “Giving permissions to colleges over and above the ones approved by the academic bodies is not the right practice.“
A university official said that very few colleges are opting for autonomy despite the state government's regular promotion. “Less than 15 colleges have attained autonomy status. A few more applications are stuck at various stages. Seats in several colleges, especially in the traditional courses, are going vacant every year. The only way to manage the large university is to bifurcate it,“ said the official.
Mungekar suggested division of colleges in three regional zones to manage over 800 colleges and close to 1,000 exams a year. “Colleges can be divided in the metro city , the suburban area and rural zones and three pro-vice-chancellors should be appointed for these regions. This will set the stage for the government's bifurcation plans too.“