Pune, 2nd July 2023: The affiliation status of approximately 350 colleges associated with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) is currently under scrutiny, putting their accreditation at risk. Annually, these colleges are required to submit a bond to the university, addressing any operational shortcomings. However, action is now being taken against colleges that have failed to rectify these deficiencies, with a committee of experts set to make a final decision on the matter.
The implementation of the new National Education Policy (NEP) aims to grant colleges autonomy and encourage the formation of cluster universities. As part of this process, colleges are expected to meet specific educational standards and possess an adequate number of professors. In light of these requirements, the university has initiated a comprehensive assessment of all affiliated colleges.
Savitribai Phule Pune University oversees districts in Pune, Ahmednagar, and Nashik. Unfortunately, the university has identified several policy violations in numerous colleges within these districts. Consequently, the university emphasizes the need for colleges to align themselves with the guidelines outlined in the new education policy.
To evaluate the compliance of affiliated colleges, the university has initiated a series of inspections and checks. Recently, an academic council meeting was convened to address these concerns. Consequently, it has been decided that a committee of experts will be formed to thoroughly investigate the issues at hand. The official announcement of the committee is expected to be made by Dr. Suresh Gosavi, the Vice Chancellor of SPPU, in the coming days.
Each year, approximately 350 colleges in the Pune district seek affiliation before the commencement of the academic year. To obtain and maintain affiliation, these colleges are required to fulfill certain criteria, such as appointing principals, professors, and staff within six months, as well as providing adequate educational and infrastructural facilities.
Regrettably, many colleges have failed to fulfill these requirements, prompting the university to take decisive action. Members of the Vidya Parishad have affirmed that a committee will be constituted to assess the colleges in question, and if necessary, their affiliations may be revoked.
The cancellation of affiliation will be contingent on various factors, including the absence of educational facilities, an insufficient number of faculty and staff, the absence of a full-time principal, and the lack of essential resources such as laboratories, computer rooms, and libraries.