One of the most reputed Universities of India, the University of Mumbai has decided to venture online to streamline some of the administrative processes. The University is in the process to develop a software that will enable them to effectively manage college affiliations, staff appointments, inspections of colleges and payment & receipt generation of fees.
Mr. M A Khan, Registrar of Mumbai University said, “The software will perform affiliation and other tasks.” The venture is an initiative taken by the university to save the resources and time of the University, its associates as well as the many other institutions that seek affiliation from the former. “Not only will the interface bring in more transparency, it will make the affiliation process faster. It will also be easier for the university to set up a local inquiry committee (LIC) to inspect new colleges,” he added.
The system is named as Nirmal Software which once put in place, would enable timely processing of applications for affiliations and assist in the process of payments and receipts of affiliation fees. The authorities are in the talks to make the system more transparent by uploading the reports submitted by local inquiry committees (LICs) on the portal. Local inquiry committees (LICs) are employed by the University to check the credibility of the new institutes.
Presently, Mumbai University boasts of 7 lakh students in 750 affiliated colleges. The system, thus projected would bear the data of all these entities under the varsity. The orders of self-registration to every affiliated college have already been placed. In the case of re-affiliation, the colleges have been directed to approach the University online only. As of now, out of 750, only 350 affiliated colleges have submitted their data to the portal.
The said software will also be employed for the recruitment and selection process of the staff personnel. The advertisement regarding the vacancy, applications for candidature will be available online.
The University, at present, operates in manual mode, except hall ticket issue and pre-admission registration. Recently, the university had announced to include QR code in degree certificates, as an attempt to streamline the process of verification.
Nirmal software is a long initiated project, slowed down facing its own complications as the University had compatibility issues with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) in June last year. It was later reassigned to MKCL in October. The decision on the applicability of the system would be taken before the commencement of the coming academic year.