A number of colleges have submitted applications to the University of Mumbai to increase student capacity and launch new courses. Mumbai University has received a total of 151 applications from colleges so far.
In most applications, colleges have shown a willingness to start a new commerce course. There are also a significant number of applicants who want to start a new study program for Bachelors in Management Studies. While some colleges also want to offer postgraduate students by launching master’s degrees, TOI reports.
In their applications, some colleges have asked to start new courses in accounting, BMS, and finance, while many also want to offer LLM programs and five-year and three-year law courses. Some colleges have also submitted their self-study report (SSR) to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). However, by regulations, colleges are not allowed to start new programs or new divisions without a valid NAAC grade.
While the University of Mumbai approved most of the applications, approval from some colleges was denied by the committee of experts. Later, however, those colleges also received approval after the management was called for a hearing. Therefore, all 151 applications have been approved.
A senior university official emphasized the overwhelming number of applications received, saying that “the two years of the pandemic have seen very slow growth.” He added that colleges feel that the number of students will increase in the coming years. He acknowledged that no new colleges had been approved this year, but said colleges have asked for additional intake. Furthermore, the official said that the proposals will be sent to the state and it will make the decision.
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