The University of Mumbai will be able to accommodate more students this year as the university not only plans to increase the number of seats but is also considering opening as many as 70 new colleges. In Wednesday’s board meeting, it was decided to start 70 new colleges under the university. The university also approved the proposal to increase the number of seats among the 55 existing universities to allow more students access. The decision was taken after the university had received a number of proposals to increase the intake.
Last academic year, many universities of applied sciences proposed to start new programs and broaden their horizons. This year, new proposals are seeking permission to start law courses as part of the expansion. A senior university official told the Times of India: “This year has seen a good response from colleges who are optimistic that the number of students seeking admission will rise.” 57 universities of applied sciences have now submitted an application to the university to increase the intake, but two of them withdrew later. From the start of the new academic year, a total of 55 universities of applied sciences will increase their intake in various study programmes.
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Apart from that, Mumbai University is also planning to launch full-degree programs online. The University has received approval from the University Grants Commission and is now all set to launch a full online course for the undergraduate students MA Sociology. With this progressive decision, the university is also the state’s first to launch a full online course.
As the education system has been transformed during the COVID-19 pandemic, online studies have shown a boost. Students now participate in online courses to get quality education without stepping out of their comfort zone. In mid-May, the UGC published a list of three universities that have been granted permission to launch full-degree online courses on their campus. In addition to Mumbai University, Chandigarh University (private) in Punjab and Maharishi Markandeshwar (considered university) in Haryana were also approved for online degree programs.
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