Academic audit reports of colleges being considered for autonomy reveals severe criticism from Mumbai University-appointed panels for lack of research activities and publications across institutes, including Jai Hind, St Andrew’s and Birla, among others. The report on Jai Hind College, Churchgate, stated that space limitation restricted introduction of ambitious programmes on campus and that there was no publication of papers from over 50 per cent of the departments. The panel, however, recommends the college as a suitable one for submitting proposal on autonomy.
While insufficient research output in non-science departments plagues Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Kalyan, the peer team has also listed non-availability of hostel facility and highlighted that the college faced the challenge of making proper co-relation between vision, mission, objectives and actual activities.
Each audit report for 2014-15 gives observations on academic management, academic practices, infrastructure, financial and support services for academic activities, institutional strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities, and recommends a slew of measures.
Disproportionate learner-teacher ratio in case of traditional courses is listed as an institutional challenge for CK Thakur Arts, Commerce & Science College, New Panvel.
Besides limited research activity due to less staff with PhD degrees, St Andrew’s College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Bandra (West), also suffers from non-vibrant alumni association and just one recently started postgraduate MCom course, the report said.
The respective peer teams recommend colleges like Birla, C K Thakur, R J College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Ghatkopar (West), and Mahatma Phule ASC College, Panvel, as suitable for submitting an autonomy proposal.