Monday, June 16, 2014

Mumbai University to get its first women-only engineering college

The University of Mumbai will get its first engineering college exclusively for women from this academic year. With a total intake capacity of 300 seats in the first year, the New Horizon Institute of Technology and Management will come up at a campus on Thane's Ghodbunder Road. The management has already got approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) four days ago and is now awaiting the state government's nod.

The New Horizon Education Society, which runs three CBSE schools in Thane and Navi Mumbai, got the go-ahead to run computer, mechanical, civil, electronics and electrical engineering along with a new course on mechatronics (a combination of five disciplines including mechanical, electronics, control, telecommunication and computer engineering).

The approved intake capacity for each of the five courses in the first year is 60 seats. In the near future, the institute will also offer management courses. It has fulfilled all requirements as prescribed by the AICTE, including the land requirement of 2.5 acres and other facilities such as a laboratory and classrooms. While the advertisements for faculty vacancies have already been released, the appointments will be made only after approval from the state government is received.

A university official said, "In the last few years, the numbers of schools and junior colleges in Thane has grown in numbers, but the corresponding growth in institutes offering higher education has not been impressive. An engineering college for women will solve the problem for aspirants in the central suburbs who do not wish to travel too far for higher education. We are anyway working towards promoting women's education, so it is a good initiative." He added that most city students anyway are used to travelling to Navi Mumbai for engineering.

It will be the first institute affiliated to Mumbai University to offer its engineering courses to women. There are in all 65 engineering colleges under the university. In the state, there are only a handful of other managements, which run engineering colleges for women. SNDT University, Pune's Cummins College, Aurangabad's Savitribai Phule College, GH Raisoni Institute in Nagpur are some of the colleges running exclusively for aspiring women engineers.

S S Mantha, Chairman, AICTE, confirmed that the institute has been given the letter of approval for 300 seats. He added that the engineering college will be an advantage for girls in Thane and neighbouring suburbs.

Source: The Times of India, June 16, 2014

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