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The Bombay high court has sought a review of the appointment of principals, teaching faculty and librarians at all the colleges offering computer science courses, which were granted affiliation from academic year 2008-09 onwards by the University of Pune (UoP).
The bench has directed the UoP vice-chancellor to constitute a committee of three to five members to undertake the review. All future decisions relating to continuation of affiliation to these colleges should be based on such committees report, the high court division bench of justices B H Marlapalle and Nishita Mhatre ruled in a 12-page order on Thursday. The bench was disposing off the writ petition filed by a private unaided college at Narhe near the city. The petitioner-college had challenged the UoP academic councils resolution of September 29, 2010, and the vice-chancellors order of October 18, 2010, refusing affiliation to its M.Sc (Computer Science) course for 2010-11. The courts observation relating to the review exercise, which came as the concluding remark in the order, raises concern over the existing state of principals and teaching appointments at the computer science colleges affiliated in recent years. In a large number of colleges for which permission/ affiliation has been granted by the university on certain conditions, and to run courses in computer science from year 2008-09 onwards, the principal as well as teaching faculty members have not yet been appointed. The fact has not been disputed by the university, the bench observed. In our considered opinion, the university should not compromise on the requirement of qualified faculty in these colleges, the order stated. The petitioner-college had sought a conditional affiliation while challenging the varsitys refusal of affiliation to the M.Sc (Computer Science) course for 2010-11. The university had thrice rejected this colleges plea for affiliation since academic year 2008-09, on the basis of the reports of three separate local inquiry committees, which had inspected the college. The committees had recommended that the college should not be granted affiliation owing to glaring deficiencies relating to building infrastructure, classroom space vis-vis accommodation of sanctioned number of students and inadequate faculty, among others. The third of these reports had pointed out that the college had only one teaching faculty member at the relevant time and only 15 students were admitted as against the sanctioned intake of 80 students.
Courtesy: Times of India
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