The university administration recently gave the green signal for all new diploma courses. The delay is yet another example of administrative hurdles in the UoP badly affecting student-centric development projects.
Head of the Marathi department Dr Vidyagauri Tilak said the proposed diploma courses would start in June next year. “Finally all the proposed short-term diploma courses will get started in June 2013 as recently the department received the final approval letter from the varsity administration,” Tilak said.
“I think rather than discussing the reasons for the delay, we have to look at the positive side. All the courses are finally starting from the next academic year.”
The Marathi department today offers only the MA (Marathi) course.
As many students find it difficult to get a job with just an MA degree, the department in 2009 proposed four short-term applied diploma courses. These courses are a one-year diploma in scriptwriting, a yearlong diploma in book publishing, a six-month diploma for non-Marathi people, and a six-month course on administrative Marathi.
To start any new course, the department concerned needs to submit a proposal to the university administration. The proposal then goes to the academic council and the management council of the UoP for approval.
“According to state government rules, the university does not give grant for starting any new course, and that’s why one has to present all the aspects about how efficiently the course will run on an unaided basis,” Tilak said.
Course for people new to language
The new diplomas initiated by the Marathi department of the UoP include a unique course for non-Maharashtrians. Head of Marathi department Vidyagauri Tilak said: “In six months, students will be able to interact and write in Marathi.”