Tensions have flared at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) campus as students belonging to external education courses have started agitations. These protests are against the lack of facilities and infrastructure available at the college. In an attempt to resolve the issue, a students’ union has also been approached. The external education course was almost banished for students last year but the decision was revoked and the excess fee levied for the exams was also done away with.
The institution is working on implementing a choice-based credit system (CBCS) to attempt to tackle the multiple problems faced by the students, reports Pune Mirror. Kalpesh Yadav, the president of the student body has been helping the students in their protests. He says that studying was becoming a task for outstation students because of the rigid rules at the college. External students presently studying in the college also had no proper facilities to avail. A second year B.Com student from Mumbai University was denied education at SPPU because they did not have the CBCS option, which is why he pursued his graduation at Mumbai University, according to Pune Mirror.
Despite the fact that the external education courses have been present at SPPU for over 30 years, proper implementation has not been carried out. Facilities are being put into place only now. Dr. Arvind Shaligram, the registrar at SPPU shared that the university is already working on plans to make external education courses more student friendly. He says that there has been a lot of confusion in the past with distance and external courses but this will change as there are plans to streamline the process very soon.
Source: Pune Mirror