Pune: Around 131 new colleges are likely to be established in Maharashtra in the academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20.
These colleges will focus mostly on imparting traditional courses, arts, science and commerce offering bachelor of arts, science and commerce and law degrees. There are 11 colleges for women and four night colleges on the list of institutes.
Out of these, 28 colleges will be affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), while 22 colleges will be under Mumbai University.
The State government has called for a letter of intent from educational organisations that have applied to start new institutions. They have to fulfill the criteria given by the State government and submit their proposals for the year 2018-19 before May 1. For those who intend to start the college in the academic year 2019-20, date of submission of proposal is January 31 next year.
At present, more than 700 colleges are affiliated to SPPU. Pro-Vice Chancellor of SPPU, NS Umarani stated that after a thorough survey, the university has appealed for new institutions at required places in Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar. “Addition of new colleges will be challenging and difficult for university to manage, but keeping in mind the huge demand for new courses and colleges in several parts of Maharashtra, the government has decided to bring new institutions for making quality education available for all.
“Certainly, the university has to work on better strategies for management and smooth conduct of new affiliated colleges. It is for the welfare of students,” said
Although the State government has approved starting new colleges, it has not been sanctioning grants to institutes for non-teaching staff over the years. In the backdrop of recent issues developed at Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES) on pending salaries of its employees, the situation of establishing more colleges and self-finance for non-teaching staff is bleak.
Speaking about this, Umarani said, “Funds for non-teaching staff have been self-financed by respective institutions. There are many educational institutions that have been running smoothly on self-finance and are imparting quality education. It depends on the vision of an establishment to achieve excellence.”