From the new academic session od 2019-20, Mumbai University has announced the launch of 5 new courses at the Kalyan Sub-Centre. Four of the new courses that are being offered at the School of Engineering and Applied Science will be offered under the M.Tech degree. In other words, there will be M.Tech in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The Department has also planned to offer an M.Sc in Oceanography from the next academic year. Further, research centres for PhD for the same subjects have been begun.
On Friday, the Council of the University of Mumbai had convened and decided to offer these courses. Another decision that was taken by the council in the meeting regarding the commencement of the 2019-20 academic session. It had been decided that the classes will begin on 6th June 2019. However, this decision by the committee was not well received by the faculty of the University of Mumbai.
The announcement of the commencement of the classes caused displeasure to the teachers as they had to report to the college for checking of the exam answer sheet. The teachers had protested that the exams had been conducted late for the current academic year which has eaten up on the vacation period of the teachers. According to the teachers, the term had officially ended on 30th April 2019.
To combat the situation, a suggestion was made by the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union, providing the University with a substitute schedule for the academic year. The council had rejected the suggestion made by the BUCTU. A dissent note had been sent by three members of the BUCTU to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mumbai.