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External admissions to stay,says UoP V-C

To convene special meet of the management council tomorrow to discuss Nikam committee report

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
August 30, 2013 2:45:43 am

University of Pune (UoP) Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade,who will convene a special meeting of the management council on Saturday to decide the future of external admissions,said on Thursday the system would not be scrapped

A special committee,constituted under Senate member Nandkumar Nikam to look into the regulations of external admissions,submitted its report to Gade on Thursday evening. The report will be tabled before the council on Saturday.

While speaking with mediapersons after holding a brief meeting with committee members,Gade said UoP’s ongoing switch over to credit system would be the only concern with regard to taking a call on external admissions. “The assessment process under the credit system can take a back seat in the external system,” he said.

A member of the committee said the report submitted with the university was in favour of external admissions. The member,who did not wish to be named,refused to share the stand taken by the committee on introducing the three-year gap in education to qualify as an external student and hike in their fee,as it was proposed. The vice-chancellor too refused to share the recommendations made in the report.

Meanwhile,representatives of educational forum Vidyapeeth Vikas Manch and different youth organisations met Gade to press for their demand to continue with external admissions. “The vice-chancellor has assured us that external admissions will go on,irrespective of any recommendations by the committee,” Manch activist Dhanajay Kulkarni said.

Youth activist Suresh Jain also said Gade assured them that appropriate action would be taken with regard to external students.

UoP had been considering restricting external admissions,following a demand from a section of academic circle. Authorities were of the view that external courses had been finding a growing number of takers,apart from the targeted beneficiaries,thereby putting additional burden on university system.

The management council had even passed a resolution to this effect,which was backed by Gade.

Authorities,however,were forced to rethink their stand,following opposition from different forums and youth unions. The university then set up a panel that

was headed by Nikam to decide regulations of external admissions.

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