Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh has planned to make the varsity digital within the next year. Also, new online courses long-distance will be introduced for students for easy access. These include courses in mainstream subjects like the social sciences and natural sciences, along with other courses like music.
40 virtual classrooms will also be started across its campuses, under the virtual education network (VSAT), which will use satellite based broadcasting for lectures.
According to newspaper reports, Deshmukh has assured that students of all courses passing out of the university this year, will be given digital certificates, a promise he made when he took charge as vice-chancellor. Meanwhile, he said that digital access to marks for previous years has already been enabled for students on the website.
But these assurances have come despite the undecided fate of its longstanding contract with MKCL, its digital partner, for transfer of digital data of over 6 lakh students enrolled in the university. The VC has also assured that steps are being taken for upgradation of the existing infrastructure, along with the addition of new.
A new initiative called the 'Friends of Mumbai University' has also been launched, which would help in mobilising resources by voluntary givers. The aim is to rope in people from across states and countries, who are 'well-wishers' of the university, and who will help in the development of the university, on an ideology of philanthropy.
He also announced that access to digital mark sheets has already been made available to the students through the official website.