Autonomous status granted to Khalsa and Patkar colleges
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.