Nagpur’s Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) is all set to get promoted to a private university. The decision of instituting ‘Ramdeobaba University’ – as it will be known after the conversion – was agreed upon by the Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday. The university will be Nagpur’s first private university.
As per the announcement by the state government, the university would begin operations from the academic year 2019-20. However, the sources at RCOEM confirmed that the conversion into a university would take place from the next academic year.
Currently situated on Katol Road in Gittikhadan, the college is looking forward to expand its campus up to 100 acres near Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) on Katol Road. The land acquired by Shri Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti (SRSS) that runs RCOEM, is 35kms from the city and is presently being used for sport activities’ purpose. The approval for setting up the university was given on the basis on ‘grey field’ project. The new campus would be set up as soon as the permission is granted for ‘green field’ project.
Apart from Ramdeobaba University, it is the Balaji University from Pune that received a nod from the state cabinet for setting up self-financing universities in Maharashtra. Both the newly-private universities have to reserve 40% seats for candidates from Maharashtra and other social categories, as per the mandate issued.
As a university, ‘Ramdeobaba University’ will be a science and Management University to begin with as it already offers engineering and MBA course. It would also offer other courses in geo-tech engineering, heat power engineering and energy engineering programmes as they are already functional at the college.
RCOEM was set up by SRSS in the year 1984. Over the years, it has gone on to one of the most popular colleges for engineering and management courses. It eventually started computer application courses which also went on to be a hit amongst students. When quizzed about the new to-be-university and the courses it shall offer, the management and college authorities did not disclose any information.
RCOEM became an autonomous intuition under Nagpur University in 2011. The first graduation ceremony was held on December 25, 2016 which was presided by Tezpur University’s VC Mihir Chaudhuri as chief guest. It was in his speech for the occasion where Chaudhuri suggested that RCOEM should be converted into a university.
At present, the college has 25 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in computer application, business administration and engineering being undertaken by 5,000 students in total.
So far, Nagpur has Visvesvarya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) – one of the 31 NITs in India – which was conferred the status of deemed university in 2002. It took another 14 years for the city to have its second deemed university with the arrival of Symbiosis International University (SIU). Ramdeobaba University will be the first private university of the city which will function full-fledged like any other reputed public university.
Information source: timesofindia
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