New Education Policy (NEP), which is being formed for a long time now, has suggested that universities should not be allowed to affiliate more than 100 colleges. Those universities having more than 100 colleges would be immediately reconstructed. University of Mumbai, which has over 740 affiliated colleges under its ambit, has triggered this suggestion. Restructuring University of Mumbai would not be easy as it would invite criticism and opposition from the affiliated colleges.
The suggestions were made in the draft of New Education Policy that got uploaded in the official website of MHRD. The draft of NEP was suggested by a committee headed by the cabinet secretary TSR Subramanium. Along with University of Mumbai, the other universities which came under the scanner with abruptly high number of affiliated colleges are Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University and University of Hyderabad.
The draft also suggested some points in which it asked for a study to be conducted on the disruption of academic activities in higher education institutes. The policy draft also suggested blocking outsider students from entering college premises and hostels for better security of students. The university should also keep a check on the students using the prevailed facilities. In light of the recent outbreak of active student’s politics, the draft also suggested refraining former students to be part of the student politics in universities.
The draft has also implemented assessment of teachers’ academic performance and suggested introducing disciplinary courses for the betterment of the students. It has also recommended involving industry experts and alumni of the educational institutes to appoint at the governing bodies of the respective institutes. The draft is open for suggestions in the website till 31 July, 2016.