Around 83 colleges that are affiliated to Savitrabhai Phule Pune University (SPPU) are going to get autonomy. This decision was taken by the Vice Chancellor of SPPU, the Governor and Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis.
The colleges that have received an A+ grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) would be the ones that will be considered to be given autonomy.
This is being done on such a scale because a lot of colleges have become affiliated with SPPU and the management of all the colleges has become difficult. In order to reduce their burden, the Pune varsity has chosen to give autonomy to the top colleges that have been currently affiliated with SPPU.
The state government has been having a hard time adding or establishing a new university because of financial and other aspects. Therefore, it would be best to give autonomy to colleges that are capable, stated Nitin Karmalkar, the Vice Chancellor of Pune University.
“The capabilities of the colleges would be judged from the grades NAAC has awarded. All ‘A+’ graded institutes and colleges would be eligible for autonomy. There are 83 such institutes under SPPU,” Karmalkar said.
No application was received by the university when the University Grants Commission (UGC) had earlier announced that all ‘A+’ colleges would be eligible for academic autonomy.
A meeting of all 83 college representatives will be conducted in which it will be explained what it means to have autonomy status; the benefits and importance of it. “Autonomy is the need of the hour and we hope maximum colleges take it up,” Karmalkar said adding further.
Fifteen already autonomous colleges under Pune University would be invited to talk about how becoming autonomous has changed the functioning and academic culture in their institutes.
Autonomy would mean that the name of the college alone would be present on the degrees granted, along with autonomous colleges being able to add new courses to their syllabus among many other things.