Fergusson College has begun the official process towards gaining autonomy. Till now,the 120-year-old college has been affiliated with the University of Pune (UoP). UoP currently has five other colleges in its jurisdiction that are autonomous.
If autonomy is granted by the University Grants Commission (UGC),it would allow the college to disassociate itself from the present university affiliation system and develop its own academic programmes.
We have been taking concrete steps towards autonomy. We have already begin deliberations and discussions for mechanisms such as syllabus framing and how to conduct examinations, principal Ravindrasinh Pardeshi said.
He was speaking at the two-day seminar on Autonomy to colleges and role of an internal quality assurance cell,organised by the college Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion,UoP Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade said the varsity has already set up a committee to assess Fergusson Colleges prospects.
The committee is scheduled to hold its meeting in the fourth week of this month. After getting clearance,the proposal will be submitted to the UGC through the state government. The UGC is then expected to send its own panel to assess the potential of Fergusson College and award autonomy, Gade said.
Governed by Deccan Education Society,Fergusson college boasts of more than 4,000 students studying different under-graduate and post-graduate courses in natural sciences,computers,electronics,IT,humanities and social sciences.
UGC had proposed to increase the number of autonomous colleges and the target was to make 10 per cent of eligible colleges autonomous by the end of the XI Plan period (2007-12).
Meanwhile,Gade has appealed to other capable affiliated colleges and academic institutions to apply for autonomy.
Panel to scrutinise proposals for private universities
The state government has formed a multi-member committee to scrutinise proposals being received in response to its bid to establish private universities. The higher and technical education departments chief secretary has been appointed as ex-officio chairman and a secretary level official from the finance department,planning department and revenue department are part of the committee.
Mumbai University vice-chancellor Rajan Velukar and three experts from the financial,law and administrative section have also been appointed to the committee,which has a joint secretary from higher and technical education department as its member secretary. The government has also appointed project specific convener-members on panel. For Pune based MIT,R S Mali has been appointed and R K Kale for Symbiosis Open Education Society,a government resolution said.