Maharashtra’s first cluster university to focus on skill development

Taking charge: Mumbai University Vice Chancellor Suhas Pednekar (right) addresses a press conference at Shasakiya Vigyan Kendra on Wednesday.

Taking charge: Mumbai University Vice Chancellor Suhas Pednekar (right) addresses a press conference at Shasakiya Vigyan Kendra on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Admissions to commence after HSC results are announced

The first cluster university of Maharashtra, which will start functioning in the coming academic year, will focus on horizontal mobility of students with a greater emphasis on language and skill development, Mumbai University (MU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Suhas Pednekar said on Wednesday.

Formed on February 13, Dr. Homi Bhabha State University (DHBSU) — the first cluster university in Maharashtra — will bring together Institute of Sciences, Elphinstone College, Secondary Training College, and Sydenham College. Dr. Pednekar assumed charge as the university’s first Vice Chancellor on Tuesday.

CET Cell to hold entrance

Admissions to the university, which will be conducted online and offline, will commence after the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam are declared. The State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell will conduct the entrance procedure.

While the students who have already taken admission in these four colleges will remain with the MU, those who will secure admission this year will be with the DHBSU. The four colleges, the Vice Chancellor said, will also have help desks to provide information to all stakeholders.

While the Institute of Sciences has 272 postgraduate seats and 298 PhD seats, Elphinstone College has 580 seats for undergraduate courses. Sydenham College has 840 seats for its undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and the Secondary Training College has 50 seats.

Higher research output

According to Dr. Pednekar, it is possible to introduce new subject bundles and choices to students taking admission to the university. Moreover, the faculty of the institutes could be exchanged too. “The students will have greater options in terms of electives. We also wish to start self-financing courses and hope that the research output from these institutions increases,” he said.

While an integrated dual degree can be started in the university, the emphasis, he said will be more on skill development. “The university will give priority to social research and innovation by creating more skilled and employable curriculum. Integrated courses and upgraded statistical and postgraduate education for various courses will be given a priority,” he said.

The four colleges, he said, will have a different prospectus, but a common brief. Besides, the university will have a general council instead of a senate like the MU, members to which will be nominated.

The State Cabinet had approved the formation of the cluster university in December last year.

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