Four colleges affiliated to the University of Pune (SPPU) have been selected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) scheme under which up to Rs 1.5 crore will be given to them for improvement in infrastructure and academic excellence.
One of the four colleges is Symbiosis College of Arts, Science and Commerce, which is within Pune city limits and incidentally is an autonomous institute, while the other three are Junnar’s Shree Shiv Chattrapati College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Baramati’s TC College of Arts, Commerce and Science and Ahmednagar’s New College of Arts, Science and Commerce. Only those colleges which have got ‘A’ grade under NAAC evaluation qualify to apply for CPE status.
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“In each five year plan, provisions are made for a certain number of colleges to be selected for CPE and each state has a quota. We have to send our proposals to the universities and they then forward eight select proposals to compete for the CPE status. This year, four of the eight proposals including ours have been accepted. There are five parameters on which colleges are expected to work on like enhance teaching learning process, basic infrastructure, research and so on using the funds allotted,” said Hrishikesh Soman, principal of Symbiosis College.
A list of 124 selected colleges across the country was declared in this cycle of which 28 colleges are from Maharashtra. The scheme is two-pronged where colleges first get their CPE status and by the end of three years, they face another evaluation. If they have achieved their targets, colleges will get allotted with the title of ‘Colleges with Excellence’.