Being within boundaries

The government is considering a proposal to limit the number of colleges affiliated to a particular university. Priti Botadkar reports.

Many educationists feel it is a matter of common sense to improve the structure of the universities of the country if the system has to progress to a reputable level. The ministry of human resource development has received a proposal from the

The government is planning to cap the number of colleges that can be affiliated to a university to maintain proper academic standards.

Being within boundaries

A proposal on this has been submitted by the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) regarding the issue. Most universities have a very high number of colleges affiliated to them, and the management of such a large number of students becomes difficult, according to experts. The scheme proposes to bring the maximum number of colleges affiliated to a university to 200. The average number according to the official release is about 300 universities. Although it would be a difficult task for a university the size of Mumbai University which has 711 colleges attached to it, dealing with almost 7 lakh students, the step is a much needed one, they say.

Earlier this year, Fr Frazer Mascarenhas, while talking to Knowledge about the problems that plague the higher education system in the country, had spoken about changing the structure of the Mumbai University on similar lines. “No university of repute in the world deals with such numbers, since it is not viable,” he said, suggesting that the number of affiliated colleges needs to come down to make the system internationally competitive.

According to the official release, it is stated that the RUSA feels that this would promote the creation of more state universities.

Education researcher Sonali Shinde feels that with so many complaints against the systems of the universities, this step, if implemented would certainly provide better avenues to students. “Today, there are instances students of a particular university with a set syllabus seeming like factory outputs of a manufacturing unit! With the number reduced, there will be more scope for reinvention of the syllabus and adoption of more innovative techniques for testing and evaluation,” she says.

While all the educationists mention that this is a welcome step, they are quick enough to mention that he change will be visible only if the implementation is done with the intention of helping the students.

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