SPPU VC proposes student exchange programme among State universities

Pranita Roy
Sunday, 2 June 2019

I wish to bring this system to our country too. But first, I believe that the State universities should have parity among themselves. While the students enjoy the foreign exchange programmes, they should get an opportunity to study a local relevant course in a different State university of their choice  — Nitin Karmalkar (SPPU Vice-Chancellor) 

Pune: In a bid to bring parity among State universities, Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Nitin Karmalkar has drafted a proposal claiming the need to start exchange programme of students among varsities. The idea was adopted from European Union (EU) education system.

EU had inculcated the exchange programme culture, which was started by the oldest and famous University of Bologna in Italy.

According to this, if a student takes admission at a particular university, then the student gets accepted in other universities at EU and can take up courses as per his/her need and choice. The degree and credit are also accepted accordingly, informed the SPPU vice-chancellor.

“I wish to bring this system to our country too. But first, I believe that the State universities should have parity among themselves. While the students enjoy the foreign exchange programmes, they should get an opportunity to study a local relevant course in a different State university of their choice,” said Karmalkar. 

“Currently, if a student from some other university wants to take up a course in SPPU, then he or she has to seek equivalence. Only after this, the students are admitted for a specific term or course,” Karmalkar added.
 
The VC stated that this will enable students to choose courses of their choice at State universities for learning and procuring different skill-based education smoothly.

“Educational institutes need to inculcate skills based on local relevance to students. And moreover, every university has different strengths, for example Economic Department of Mumbai University is believed to be one of the best department or Shivaji University in Kolhapur has ‘technology for rural development’. Then why should a student not get the opportunity to learn from there. It will also give them a chance to work in a different environment as well,” said Karmalkar.

Karmalkar had proposed this initiative in the presence of around seven VCs from different universities and the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) a few months back. The Ministry had asked to formulate a process, which would channelise this system. “The initial response was positive. Now, let’s see how it goes,” said Karmalkar. The meeting is likely to be convened at the varsity itself in a fortnight. 

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