Cheers came to faces of students when the government gave permission to open 24 new colleges under Mumbai University. With the total of 24 colleges, there will be 10 law colleges. Around 2000 seats would add up with the introduction of these new colleges. Along with these 24 colleges in Mumbai, the government gave nod to open more 37 colleges across the state.
For the past two years, the colleges were struggling to come under the Mumbai University. Over 298 applications were sent to accept the approval, but the government gave approval to only one-tenth degree colleges and rejected rest saying they did not fulfill the criteria like the availability of Non-agricultural land and building approvals. Finally, with the decision of the government, the college authorities are happy and ready to start admission under Mumbai University this academic year.
Of the 24 new colleges, the more attraction is going towards law colleges. Admission is law courses in Mumbai University has shown a growth of 100% over last five years while other courses like arts, science, and commerce have reached saturation and also seats in this course have remained vacant in many colleges.
With the introduction of new colleges, M.A. Khan, registrar of Mumbai University, said, “Additional manpower is required and new technologies for administration and end-to-end solutions for exams are needed to function the college smoothly. The university is working towards achieving this target.”
Some experts countered the decision of the government. They said the government should have thought before giving out approvals as lectures in other colleges have started a month ago it would now difficult to handle the admission process.