The Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) decision to bar 129 colleges from taking fresh admission in the new academic session 2019-20 has raised many eyebrows. Experts have charged the Nagpur University of using dual yard sticks. They said, RTMNU barred over 120 colleges from taking admission citing poor infrastructure and lack of man power.
However, the varsity has not taken any action against Institute of Science, which too has not full-time teacher of Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science. Environment science was introduced as one of the subject at undergraduate level at the Institute of Science in 1986, while, MSc was started in 1990.
Shocking that Nagpur University never took action against the institute in spite of the fact that it was not having a full-time teacher. Currently, the department in-charge head is Sushma Narkhede, a botany department teacher. The course has an intake of 11 students. The institute has nine visiting faculties and nine part-timers.
The visiting faculties include four former and one serving NEERI scientists while rest are from different backgrounds. Despite such a grim scenario, the Nagpur University has not taken any action against Institute of Science and no bar was imposed on admission in MSc environmental science while other private colleges were barred from taking admission.
The decision has not only jolted the colleges but also made the competition to get admission in BA, BCom, BSc courses tougher as compared to last year.