Au­ton­o­mous sta­tus granted to Khalsa and Patkar col­leges

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

ACA­DEMIC AU­TON­OMY PER­MITS COL­LEGES TO PRE­PARE THEIR OWN CUR­RICU­LUM AND CON­DUCT THEIR OWN EX­AM­I­NA­TIONS

MUMBAI: Two city col­leges, Guru Nanak Khalsa Col­lege (Matunga) and the Patkar Varde Col­lege (Gore­gaon), were re­cently granted aca­demic au­ton­omy by the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC), tak­ing the tally of au­ton­o­mous col­leges un­der the Univer­sity of Mumbai to 13. Aca­demic au­ton­omy al­lows col­leges to pre­pare their own cur­ricu­lum and con­duct their own ex­am­i­na­tions. How­ever, their ad­mis­sions and fees con­tinue to be reg­u­lated by the univer­sity and the state gov­ern­ment.

Ki­ran Man­gaonkar, prin­ci­pal, Khalsa Col­lege, said they will use the au­ton­omy to im­prove the cur­ricu­lum and boost re­search ac­tiv­i­ties in the col­lege.

“There is a gap be­tween what the in­dus­try ex­pects of stu­dents and what they are taught. We will in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments of the sup­ple­men­tary cour­ses pur­sued by stu­dents in the cur­ricu­lum it­self,” he said.

He added that the stu­dents will be given hands-on train­ing through a new in­cu­ba­tion cen­tre. The RA Po­dar Col­lege (Matunga), Nir­mala Nike­tan Col­lege of So­cial Work (Ma­rine Lines) and DG Ru­parel Col­lege (Matunga), have also ap­plied for au­ton­omy and are await­ing it.

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