Over a month after the University Grants Commission (UGC) instructed universities to change the nomenclature of several existing courses or face action, Mumbai University is in the process of writing to the commission, asking it to allow the university to retain the name of its popular Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) course as “the name is inclusive of the inter-disciplinary nature of the course”, said a senior university official.
According to the UGC notification, BMM will have to be restructured as BA (Multimedia) or BSc (Multimedia). “The UGC notification said that it can be called BA or BSc in multimedia, which shows that they are accepting that the programme is inter-disciplinary in nature. BMM was started in the 2001-2002 academic year by the university and it has established itself as a brand. Further, the current nomenclature is inclusive of both BA and BSc and shows the inter-disciplinary character of the programme. Hence, we are writing to the UGC, and we will request them to allow us to retain the name of BMM,” said the official.
In 2013-14 academic year, 4,709 students had enrolled in first year BMM across various affiliated colleges of Mumbai University.
The other programmes of the university, which according to the UGC circular will have to be restructured, include Master of Library and Information Science, written as M.L.I.Sc, that will have to be changed to M.Lib.I.Sc; Bachelor of Music or BMus and Master of Music or MMus, which will have to be restructured as BPA (Music)/BFA (Music) and MPA (Music)/MFA (Music) respectively. Further, under faculty of technology, the university’s Bachelor of Chemical Technology or BChemTech will have to be restructured as BTech/BE (Chemical Technology).
Dr Naresh Chandra, Mumbai University pro vice-chancellor, said that the matter will be placed soon before the university’s academic council for deliberation.
The UGC notification said that degrees should be specified in generic terms and their nomenclatures should be such that are “generally recognised, globally acknowledged and widely accepted”. It said that no university will confer a degree in violation of the provisions of this notification and they will have to adhere to the approved nomenclature of the degrees and ensure observance of minimum standards of instructions.
The changes in the nomenclature of degrees have come into effect from the date of notification in the official gazette, that is, July 5.