With students increasingly preferring professional degree courses to traditional ones,colleges have demanded University of Mumbai allow them to reduce commerce divisions and add divisions to sought-after courses. The university has,however,said the state government would decide.
The principal of a reputed college in the central suburb said the trend had changed over the past few years and institutes needed to upgrade.
Previously,we had a large number of students applying for BCom after HSC and hence,colleges were sanctioned three to four divisions. However,with the introduction of professional courses such as BMM,BMS,banking,finance and insurance,colleges are finding it difficult to fill sanctioned seats in BCom. Many colleges have an entire division vacant.
Principals of degree colleges across the city complained with BCom blocking a classroom,they were unable to offer courses students preferred and had no choice but to turn them away.
Naresh Chandra,pro-vice-chancellor,Mumbai University,said the varsity could do nothing in this matter.
The government is the sanctioning authority and only they can grant permission to increase or decrease divisions. Colleges have to submit applications to the varsity. After processing,the varsity sends the applications to the department concerned of the state government. Technically,its the state government which takes the final call.
While Chandra said the principals were unnecessarily blaming the university rather than following rules,principals alleged they had been approaching the varsity for the past two years but there was no decision.
The varsity has not processed our application,they can at least guide us how to go about it, a principal said.