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The Symbiosis college of arts and commerce is now the second college in the area of traditional higher studies and overall fifth in the city to get academic autonomy from the University Grants Commission and the University of Pune. The autonomy, effective from 2012-13, gives us all operational freedom in academic matters including flexibility and innovation, for taking our courses to the levels that are offered globally, said Symbiosis principal director Vidya Yeravdekar while speaking to reporters on Wednesday, 28th June.
Principal Hrishikesh Soman said, The UoP will continue to award degrees to our students, but academic matters like framing of syllabus, conduct of exams, restructuring courses, change in nomenclature of course etc., will be controlled and decided by the colleges governing body. To begin with, we will soon introduce semester pattern, credits and grading system. We also have a plan for phased introduction of new postgraduate courses up to the level of M.Phil and interdisciplinary studies involving elements of both, arts and commerce. Soman said that introduction of honours degree, dual specialisation, double degree and semester abroad scheme under the foreign tie ups that Symbiosis has with various foreign institutions, are in line for introduction in due course.
The Symbiosis college of arts and commerce was established in 1983 and remains the Symbiosis groups only institution that is not a constituent of either the Symbiosis International University or the Symbiosis Society. However, it is affiliated to the UoP. The college offers degree courses in arts and commerce (B.A / B.Com) and post-graduate course in commerce (M.Com) with collective student strength of 3,000. Degree courses apart; it also offers a diploma in liberal arts. Soman said St Miras college for girls was the first arts and commerce college in the city to get academic autonomy. In professional studies, the College of Engineering, Pune; Vishwakarma Institute of Technology; and IndSearch management institute are three institutions that have gone autonomous.
The SCAC governing body will also have representatives nominated by the UoP vice-chancellor and the college will have an academic council and board of studies of its own. The college will operate as per UGC guidelines. It plans to restructure its courses to be complementary to professional studies like chartered accountancy, cost and works accountancy and company secretary. An UGC report released in April 2011 puts the number of autonomous colleges in the state at 19 while the total number of autonomous colleges in the country is 374, he said. Between May 2011 and June 2012, some more colleges have got academic autonomy and the numbers have gone up to nearly 400 colleges in the country, he added.
Courtesy: Times of India
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