NU disaffiliates 58 colleges, another 34 put on notice

Nagpur: The Nagpur University has finally disaffiliated 58 errant colleges from the academic session 2018-19 itself. The admissions to these colleges were already frozen over their failure to comply with NU norms of appointing full-time teachers and facilities among other things. The decision was taken by the academic council — apex body — in its meeting on October 10.
On October 11, TOI had reported about both the academic council decisions of lifting ban on 60 colleges, in phases, and disaffiliating 58 colleges.

Another 34 have been put on disaffiliation notice and the decision on them would be taken in the next Board of Deans (BoD) meeting.

The disaffiliation of 58 colleges has brought down the total number of NU colleges to around 550. As on date, NU has only 450 functional colleges. So far it boasted of having over 603 affiliated colleges having 4.5 lakh students.

At the start of this session, admissions to first-year of different courses were banned at over 200 colleges. Initially, the NU had blacklisted colleges under three categories — ones which didn’t apply for continuation of affiliation (98), those which applied but not invited LEC teams (29) and institutes having no teachers despite getting affiliation (82).

The 58 colleges were part of the 98 colleges.

College section officials said these 58 colleges were only on ‘paper’ and running from either the same premises of a group of institutions or a single room. These colleges were part of 98 colleges where admissions were frozen as they never applied for affiliation since 2012-13.

With 58 of the 98 now gone, the NU has put the remaining 34 colleges on notice while officials claim six have “removed the deficiencies”.

On November 16, TOI had reported about the disaffiliation notices served to the 34 colleges. They were given a month to explain why the NU shouldn’t withdraw its affiliation. The colleges have been operating without teachers and infrastructure. Officials said soon action would be taken in this case too. The Board of Deans (BoD) in its next regular meeting is likely to take up the case.

Officials said only a couple of colleges out of 34 have replied to the notices with the one-month’s deadline.

In September, the BoD led by Pro-vice chancellor Pramod Yeole had recommended disaffiliation of the 58 colleges. Several reminders and notices were served to the 58 colleges but they failed to respond in the last seven or eight years or even apply for continuation of affiliation.

The NU has been cracking down on errant colleges since 2013 over lack of full time faculty members and infrastructure. However, political pressure too has been forcing the administration to revise its decision.

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