Cracking the whip on colleges for violating norms, the University of Pune (UoP) has decided to issue notices to as many as 71 degree colleges affiliated to it.
The stringent action comes after an academic audit conducted by the varsity revealed that these colleges have
been functioning without following the mandatory rules and regulations set by the UoP.
UoP officials will also direct the colleges to refrain from accepting admission applications from first year students for degree courses.
According to UoP officials, majority of these colleges — 15 in the city and 29 in the rural areas — are located in Pune district, while 17 colleges are based in Ahmadnagar district and 10 in Nasik district.
The decision was taken by the academic council at a meeting held on Tuesday, wherein it was unanimously decided to initiate action against the colleges.
“The major cause of concern is that theses colleges have been operating for many years without appointing government approved teachers and principals,” said Dr V B Gaikwad, UoP, director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD).
“The UoP had conducted an academic audit between October 1 and 31, 2013 through an online web portal. The survey took an overview of library resources, learning, infrastructure and human resources in each and every affiliated college.
The outcome of the audit revealed that all these 71 colleges are lacking in most of these credentials,” Gaikwad said.
The university has, however, set a month deadline for the colleges to get rid of the irregularities.
“The notice has deadline of one month. So if any college fulfils the criteria during this period, they would get another chance. But, looking at their current position, it is very likely that hardly any college would be able to maintain its affiliation with the varsity,” added Gaikwad.
Meanwhile, the BCUD director refused to reveal the names of any of the colleges, but added that the university will soon upload a detailed list of all colleges on its website.
Sources said most of the colleges under the scanner run courses like Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA).