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The University of Pune (UoP) will soon set up a multi-member committee to revise the syllabus of management courses. The proposed panel will have representatives of the industry and the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) apart from university academicians. The representation for management institutes in the existing ad hoc faculty, which regulates these courses, is also being increased while a fresh effort will be made to have a full-time regular faculty for management courses, said UoP senate member Parag Kalkar on Tuesday, 27th March 2012.
Officiating vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande gave these assurances to the representatives of management institutes in the senate during a meeting held at his office on Tuesday. Apoorva Palkar, director of the Sinhgad Institute of management and Mahesh Abale, head of MBA department of MIT college of engineering, attended the meeting along with Kalkar. The absence of a regular faculty for management studies in the UoP was a major issue that led to an animated debate at the varsity’s recent senate meeting. Chahande had then assured that apt steps would be taken to resolve the issue. Apart from the flagship MBA programme, the UoP offers courses in marketing management (MMM), personnel management (MPM), computer application (MCA), business studies (MBS) and post-graduate diploma in business management (PGDBM).Besides, it conducts year-long diploma courses in foreign trade, financial services, materials and logistic management and import-export management. Kalkar said, the syllabus for MCA course was revised three years ago and it is relatively well placed as all the seats are full. However, it is the MBA course where most institutes are worried considering the vacancy of seats.The MMM and MPM courses are not seen as very attractive going by the less number of takers. The VC sounded very positive about the syllabi revision exercise for MBA, MPM and MMM courses and even emphasised on a more rigorous course work for management students that can meet the industry’s expectation, he added.The Big Picture:The present management faculty was constituted on an ad hoc basis in 1971. As of now; the UoP has 260 management institutes, which includes 197 in Pune, 27 in Ahmednagar, 36 in Nasik and about 49 MBA departments under engineering colleges. At present, over 50,000 students study in these institutes, which fall in the recognised institute’s category instead of affiliated colleges. The Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994, has no provision for a faculty for recognised institutes and this is seen as a major impediment in constituting regular faculty for management studies. Nearly 3,000 teachers work in these institutes.Problem Areas:The management syllabus has not been revised for more than four years despite it being a professional programme that requires timely updates. This is seen as a prime cause for low enrolment in MBA courses at recognised institutions Ad hoc faculty has passed the course work after three years without calling the Board of Studies meeting. The present faculty requires 1,500 teachers with Ph.D qualification but there are only 13 research centres with total 173 Ph.D guides More than one year is taken by the UoP to approve faculty as a research guide No direct representation for teachers in statutory bodies like management council, academic Council and senate.
Courtesy: Times of India
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