SPPU Announces De-affiliation of 110 Colleges in Pune, Ahmednagar, and Nashik Districts

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Pune, 28th March 2024: Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has announced the de-affiliation of 110 colleges situated across Pune, Ahmednagar, and Nashik districts, marking the cessation of their educational activities starting from the academic year 2024-25. These colleges, offering Arts, Commerce, and Science streams, will no longer accept new student admissions for the upcoming academic session. The decision, finalized by SPPU, comes as a result of these colleges’ failure to meet affiliation fee obligations and falling short of student enrollment criteria mandated by the university.

The list of affected colleges will be disclosed on the SPPU website by the end of April, bringing clarity to the situation. Out of approximately 800 institutes affiliated with SPPU in the specified districts, 110 colleges have defaulted on affiliation fee payments over recent years, leading to their disassociation. In addition to financial concerns, issues regarding inadequate educational facilities, admission processes, and low student enrollment numbers have propelled the initiation of the de-affiliation process. Some colleges have reported student registrations in single digits, indicating significant underutilization of educational resources.

Dr Parag Kalkar, the Vice-Chancellor of SPPU, assured stakeholders of the university’s commitment to maintaining academic continuity for students while addressing these challenges. He highlighted the necessity of de-affiliation measures to mitigate potential disruptions and uphold educational standards. A transparent approach will be adopted, with a comprehensive list of affected colleges made accessible to students and parents.

Moreover, several other colleges affiliated with SPPU are grappling with staffing shortages in key administrative and teaching positions, such as principals and professors. Despite prior directives from the university administration to appoint full-time principals and fill vacant professor positions, many colleges have encountered difficulties due to financial constraints and operational challenges. Measures will be taken against such institutions to tackle the underlying issues and safeguard academic integrity.