A week after the state gave its nod to autonomy for Nagindas Khandwala College of Commerce and Economics, Mithibai College in Juhu is all set to apply for it to the University of Mumbai (MU) this week.
“We have already prepared our report, which we will submit to the Registrar this week,” said principal Rajpal Hande.
MU Registrar M A Khan said an autonomous college can form its own management and academic council. While the courses offered will be in line with those by the university, the college may choose to have its own syllabus.
“Once we receive the proposal, we will scrutinise it,” said Khan. He said a committee will check the proposal and then recommend it to the state government. Once the government grants a no-objection certificate, a committee from the University Grants Commission (UGC) will inspect the college.
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“We are hopeful of getting autonomy. Apart from the NAAC rating, our students have also excelled in academic and extra-curricular fields,” said Hande. The college has a 3.57 grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). “It is the highest among MU colleges,” said Hande.
Meanwhile, Nagindas Khandwala College is awaiting the university’s letter granting it autonomy. Principal Ancy Jose said, “We got the no-objection from the state last week. We are waiting for the university’s letter now.” The UGC had granted a NOC to the college in May this year. The college had applied for autonomy almost four years ago.
The MU will issue the letter on Monday, said Khan.
“Autonomous colleges have the freedom to modify their syllabi depending on industry needs. They need not follow the syllabus prescribed by the university,” said Khan.
However, students are granted degrees from the university.