‘Autonomy will provide quality education at Modern College’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 9 May 2019

Now, the PES is mulling getting autonomous status for Modern College of Engineering, Shivajinagar, Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind and Modern College of Pharmacy, Nigdi, said Gajanan.

PUNE: Autonomous status for Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce has paved the way to provide better quality education and develop courses according to industrial need, stated Progressive Education Society’s (PES) Business Council Chairman Gajanan Ekbote. He was announcing the new status of the college at the PES office in Shivajinagar on Wednesday.

Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce is the fourth arts, science and commerce college and sixth among all the colleges which received autonomous status in the city.

PES Secretary Shamkant Deshmukh, Local Management Committee Chairperson Jyotsna Ekbote and Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce Principal Rajendra Zunjarrao along with other members of the society were present during the press briefing.

Now, the PES is mulling getting autonomous status for Modern College of Engineering, Shivajinagar, Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind and Modern College of Pharmacy, Nigdi, said Gajanan.

Zunjarrao said already the PES has developed eight smart classrooms which will have various facilities to use information and communication technology. 

NEW CURRICULUM PATTERN
“The syllabus of first year undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be changed from the next academic year 2019-2020. Now the semester system and choice-based credit system will be followed in these changed curriculums,” said Zunjarrao.

Followed by the autonomous status, the college will soon introduce courses in MSc for courses in Animation and Computer Application, BSc courses in Astrobiology and Nanotechnology, MA courses in History, German and Hindi. BA course in Performing Arts and BA blended courses, diploma courses in Data Analytics and Machine Learning will be started.

“About 20 per cent of the syllabus will be based on MOOC/Swayam courses in the autonomy syllabus,” said Zunjarrao.

Zunjarrao added that the college has formulated a value-based education for students which will be provided online. It will install e-books through Kindle which have enabled audio reading as well, that will be advantageous for visually impaired students.

Gajanan said there would be no fee hike for the aided courses, but the new course which will be introduced will see a fee hike of five to 10 per cent.

EXPANSION OF INFRASTRUCTURE
To facilitate new courses which will be introduced in the college, PES has started working upon expanding the existing infrastructure in three phases. Presently, there are four buildings functioning in Modern College, now PES will be building 11 more buildings on the campus. The college has a total of 60 classrooms, which will be increased to 280 classrooms.

Gajanan stated that the autonomous status will allow the college to set its own examination pattern including internal exams or admissions. 

“We are already under process to develop an online examination centre which will consist of around 100 computers. Moreover, there will several reforms in the examination system like evaluation system, projects and seminars will be modified. Also online examination and evaluation system is likely to be implemented soon,” said Gajanan.

As many as 11,500 students are currently studying in the college. The chairman said that intake capacity to certain unaided courses are likely to be increased since it has become an autonomous body now. “However, intake capacity of those aided courses which are regulated by the State government will remain the same,” he said.

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