Absence of zoology, botany, microbiology depts. at Mumbai University may affect NAAC accreditation

Absence of zoology, botany, microbiology depts. at Mumbai University may affect NAAC accreditation

New Delhi, September 11: The 162-year-old University of Mumbai (MU) doesn’t offer courses in zoology, botany and microbiology, and this may affect the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation, the procedure for which is already in its final stage, sources said.

Last granted Grade ‘A’ by NAAC in 2012

The university was granted Grade ‘A’ by the NAAC last time in 2012, and it had validity till March 31, 2017. However, it failed to re-apply for accreditation in time and the score got expired on April 20, 2017.

PG degrees offered by MU-affiliated colleges

Sources said that MU itself doesn’t have separate departments for the three subjects, however, PG degrees are offered in these by a few colleges that have affiliation from the university. As the number of departments opened since the last certification is considered in the fresh round, it could prove to be a hurdle for NAAC accreditation.

The absence of these departments would not affect the accreditation process, Pro-vice chancellor professor, Ravindra Kulkarni said. He shared that for integrated aquatic education, M.Sc. in zoology (oceanography) was offered by Sindhu Swadhyaya Sanstha, which is a department of the MU set up in 2014.

“Zoology and botany courses are available in regular colleges, so its departments may not have been founded here. The issue is over 50 years old, which is why the reason (for the absence of departments in the three subjects) is not known to us. However, there is no point in opening these departments now. There are limited takers for such courses as well as job opportunities,” Kulkarni has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

Sources said that politics on campus has resulted in the formation of only the life sciences department at the university. It offers only M.Sc. degree in life sciences, a subject different from pure sciences like botany, zoology and microbiology.

“For the fresh accreditation, proofs of self-study reports, which requires data for five years, will be uploaded on the university’s website within two weeks and the links will be shared with the NAAC. The university should acquire the accreditation within two or three months,” Kulkarni said while highlighting that the NAAC accreditation procedure was in its final stage.