Pune: Departments that achieve less than 50% of the sanctioned enrollment of students each year during the admissions process may phase out these courses by the next academic year, a recent circular from Savitribai Phule University said Pune.
Prafulla Pawar, registrar of the university has ordered the departments that if there is less than 50% of the total student body and the course is not economically viable, the department should not run it. The circular further says that the decision was taken in a meeting of the management board and that the head of departments must take action.
The university allows departments to organize various certificate, diploma and degree courses on a self-funding basis. âThe fees obtained from the students are expected to support the course. However, we see that there are a lot of courses with very few responses, right from the application stage itself, which means that the enrollment will be even lower. We have yet to get a compiled list of these courses, âsaid a senior management board official.
To avoid excessive underutilization of resources, the management board has requested the closure of these courses. “Departments also need to understand that if the response is that low, it either means the course is irrelevant to students or the course is no longer in demand,” said another member of the management board.