Mumbai University encourages prominent colleges to opt for autonomy in order to reduce the burden of administration of 729 affiliated colleges. Mumbai colleges will encourage more colleges, especially those awarded with ‘A’ grade by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC). The university is holding a workshop on July 15 to create awareness on the issue. It has invited principals and representatives of college trusts for the workshop in the university.
Presentations will be made by colleges like St. Xavier’s College and KJ Somaiya College of Science and Commerce which are enjoying autonomous status for a few years now.
While the university has seven autonomous colleges, the highest compared to other state universities, five more are expected to get autonomy.
University registrar M A Khan stated that the university is overburdened with an increasing number of affiliated colleges, conducting examination, assessing papers and announcing results. If top rung colleges are granted autonomous status, they can conduct their own exams, follow the best teaching practices and design their own curriculum. The university then need not worry about administration in these colleges.
Colleges willing to seek autonomy, university authorities have assured to complete the scrutinizing process through a single-window clearance system and announce the result within a day. The scrutiny report will go through various other legal processes before being sent to the UGC.