Admissions open for Maharashtra’s first cluster university

In what it might be called as good news for students applying for colleges as this year they can apply at Maharashtra’s first cluster university.

According to Hindustan Times, Dr Homi Bhabha State University (HBSU), a cluster of four existing colleges — the Institute of Science (ISc), Elphinstone College, Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, and Secondary Training (ST) Colleges, all in Fort and Churchgate — is open for admissions this academic year.

Mumbai University vice-chancellor Suhas Pednekar, who took over as the vice chancellor of HBSU told the Hindustan Times, “The idea is to bring together the staff and infrastructure of all four colleges and make them available for students. It allows horizontal mobility, so students can get credits by choosing from a variety of subjects across the four campuses.”

The state’s first cluster university works totally different from Mumbai University, that means the institutes that form a cluster university are also located close to each other. Unlike the University of Mumbai (MU), which offers courses divided strictly by disciplines, cluster universities create integrated courses that give students options across disciplines — science, economics, commerce, and humanities.

The official timetable for HBSU’s admissions will be announced after Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results are released. HBSU is one of two cluster universities proposed in Maharashtra. The second cluster university will include three colleges run by the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board (H(S)NCB)— KC College, HR College, and Bombay Teacher Training College, reported the leading daily.

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