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Wished to be a part of the St. Xavier’s College?? Here is your opportunity. The students from other top autonomous colleges in the city can soon enroll in the honors programme offered by this reputed institute. K.J. Somaiya College is also participating in this marathon as it has opened its gates for a module in the geographic information system for students from other colleges.

The autonomous colleges of the state have decided to come together to share the best of their practices, courses and even their curriculum. The Maharashtra Autonomous Consortium of Institutions (MACI) as they call it, will also be a party to this consortium and shall work with the government to work on the policies related to autonomy and make it more favorable, said principal of St Xavier’s College, Agnelo Menezes.

Various college names are on the conglomerate list namely, St Xavier’s, Ramnarain Ruia, Somaiya, and Nagindas Khandwala and soon much more shall join the list. The first meeting to discuss over the same was scheduled at Ruia College on Saturday.
The principal of Ruia college, Suhas Pednekar, is the idea that more attention must be paid to increasing the facilities rather than duplicating them. He harped on the fact that due to this the courses offered only at their college could as be enjoyed by the students from other colleges thereby helping them to get the benefit of various courses and modules.
With a shift altogether in the curriculum, it has reportedly been said there will be flexible timings for popular courses and the policies shall be re-framed/framed according to the current needs. Not only that, it was also said that when we could facilitate foreign exchange programmes, they could as well initiate the same practice in the colleges here.

An interesting fact was brought to light that Somaiya has a double blinding assessment policy according to which there are to professors to verify the paper and in case of any discrepancies in marks, there is a third assessor too.
Principal Vijay Joshi expresses that they even conduct exam audits which most of the colleges do not. He expects this consortium to be a platform wherein the best practices of one university can be shared with others and incorporate the same from other colleges.

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