The Times of India | Yogita Rao | TNN | Oct 29, 2016 | Engineering colleges worry over losing brand to tech univ |
MUMBAI: Engineering students and colleges are distraught over the state government move to affiliate all institutions in the state with the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University (BATU). Colleges claim they will lose their brand value associated with Mumbai, Pune or other major universities once affiliated with BATU. Though the state has no immediate plans to enforce it in engineering colleges, the process will be carried out in phases over a period of time. The idea is to have a single technology university in the state on the lines of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), which is the affiliating university for all colleges offering health science courses. The state also aims to reduce the burden on older and larger universities such as the ones in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, said Kiran Patil, deputy secretary (higher education). He added the standalone university was formed on the basis of provisions of an old Act.
The state government, on its part, is upbeat about the plan. In a recent meeting organized for engineering institutes to discuss other academic issues, BATU’s vice-chancellor V G Gaikar listed out the advantages of affiliation. “We were told that teachers from unaided colleges, too, will get research grants. Currently, the scheme is offered only to teachers from government and aided colleges. The syllabus for autonomy institutes will not change once they shift to BATU. Major places such as Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur will have regional centres too, so colleges need not travel to Raigad,” said a teacher who attended the conference. Though city colleges are not keen, several rural colleges, even those affiliated with Mumbai University, have shown interest. “Rural colleges believe they will be able to get more students with a new entity,” said the teacher. – Courtesy