A Pune University degree college which has the distinction of running out of a tin shed for 14 years will now be folded and shut down, because at this institute of higher learning, no learning seems to be taking place.
Five months after MiD DAY highlighted the incorrigible state of infrastructure and academics at Shiv Parvati Society’s Arts College in Rashin in Ahmednagar district, in a special series ‘Tin Shed Education’ that began in May, university authorities have decided to shut the institute. Additionally, the college management is likely to be slapped with hefty penalties for blatantly flouting the norms of affiliation.
The decision to close the college comes after a three-member committee of varsity officials inspected the college and completed other procedural checks, as had been reported by this paper earlier (‘Freeze on admissions at UoP’s tin shed college’, July 29).
Pulling the plug
In a senate meeting on Saturday, university vice-chancellor Dr Wasudeo Gade said that according to the report submitted by the special three-member committee that had inspected the college in July, the university had set in motion the process to shut down the institute permanently.
Senate member Shivaji Sable, who himself is from Ahmednagar district, raised an adjournment motion in the meeting to get clarification from the administration about why no strict action had been taken against the college for all these years. When asked about the issue, Gade only said, “The administration has initiated the process to close down the college in Rashin town.”
Prin Nandkumar Nikam, the committee’s chairperson who headed the inspection team to the college, said, “The college is in a pathetic condition. It doesn’t even have basic infrastructure. We have already stopped first-year admissions, and soon second-year and third-year students will be shifted to nearby
It has also come to light that college management deliberately did not conduct one of the final examination papers in May 2013. “Even though it is the responsibility of affiliated colleges to evaluate first-year papers, looking at the college’s apathy, we brought the task under varsity custody and declared the results,” said Dr V B Gaikwad, director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD).
Another senate member Dr Sanjeev Sonavne demanded that a serious note be taken of the college’s refusal to conduct varsity exams, and strict action be taken against the college management for the lapse. The VC added, “The university’s Board of Exam meeting is scheduled for October 29. The BoE will decide about imposing a fine from the college management.”
>> For 14 years, Shiv Parvati Society’s Arts College in Rashin has lacked in elementary infrastructure. This paper’s sustained coverage of the countless issues plaguing the college has mentioned earlier that: the college does not have a concrete roof; its brick walls are bare, broken and un-plastered. A common room serves as a toilet for both boys and girls. There are only three classrooms for the 445 students enrolled. Doors to classrooms are wooden boards creaking on their hinges and rotted at the edges. Windows are missing at places.
>> Additionally, the college does not have even minimal academic resources and other capabilities required to run a higher education institute. The teaching and other staff receive salaries intermittently. Exams happen on the whim of college management, and results declared equally capriciously.
>> Nonetheless, it has survived since 1999, without facing any action from the varsity.
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