Moving a step closer towards decentralisation, the University of Mumbai (MU) is all set to form clusters of affiliated colleges for better administration. Each cluster will be headed by a “lead” college, which will be responsible for “quality enhancement” of member colleges.
A proposal in this regard was passed by the academic council on Monday. However, exam house, the most burdened department of the university, will get no respite due to “extremely sensitive” job.
In the first phase, five clusters have been planned and each of them will have approximately 8-10 colleges.
The cluster college concept is popular in the US. The assessment process in the MU has already been decentralised on the similar concept.
PG Jogdan, dean, Faculty of Arts, said, “The lead college in a cluster will mentor and guide others on syllabus change, quality enhancement measures, and for going in for accreditation.”
They will also monitor the process of internal assessment (one of the controversial issue due to inflated scores). Faculty exchange may also be initiated to fill in the faculty shortage.
Lead colleges are yet to be selected. Jogdand said, “Only best accredited colleges with approved principal would qualify for that.”
However, some principals were skeptical about the move as they would not like to be “closely” monitored and accept others as leader.
Debajit Sarkar, principal of JM Patel College, Goregaon, welcomed the move. “If university provides dedicated staff and financial support to handle the cluster, the concept can work wonder. It is much easier to meet a college principal than a university official. So, I hope things would be addressed faster in a cluster.”