Mumbai University budget does not focus on academic issues, claim students and teachers

Mumbai: Students and teachers have opposed the annual budget of the Mumbai University (MU) claiming there is no allocation of funds for new courses and academic facilities. Students claim it is ironic as the university wants to global but has no provisions to improve the existing courses or start new innovative courses.

In response to the annual budget of Rs 695 crore announced by the MU on Thursday, students and teachers stated the varsity has not focussed on academic issues. Kanchan Kothari, a student, said, “There is no allocation of funds for improving existing courses, introducing new courses or expanding streams so that we have a wider scope to select our choice of programmes.

New courses, subjects and projects should be introduced which are creative and innovative.” Senate members and authorities of university stated the mission is to go global and be among top universities of the world. On the contrary, students have criticised this agenda. Rameez Qazi, a student, said, “It is ironic to see the university aims to go international but does not want to improve basic courses, examinations, assessment and fee structure.”

Advanced technology and digital media should be used to enhance classroom learning, claimed teachers. Hitesh Bhamre, a teacher, said, “The university officials want us to adopt methods of teaching used in foreign universities. But they are not willing to provide us with better technology and advanced tools to improve classroom teaching.”

Authorities of MU revealed their major fcous is to initiate research, social projects and establish a creative culture among students.

A senior officer of MU, said, “We want to encourage students to focus on extracurricular activities along with academics. Research projects will help students to grow academically and also contribute to the society. While, creative and social projects will help them to grow as individuals in a holistic way.”

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