Mumbai: Mumbai University has announced that from the next academic year any graduate, irrespective of whether he or she has scored more or less than 45%, is eligible to apply for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Till now, the minimum percentage criteria for getting an admission in PG courses was 40% for reserved category student and 45% for general category.
The decision to relax eligibility norms was taken by university academic council on August 31. The new decision will be implemented from the next academic year 2017-18. The admissions for this year have already closed.
Besides this, similar norms have been introduced for degree courses. The students who have passed the Class 12 exam can apply for undergraduate self-financing courses such as BMS, BAF, BSc-IT, for which the criteria was 45% earlier.
Vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh has claimed that Mumbai University is the only varsity that has taken up this decision to ensure that anyone can enroll for higher education.
However, many academicians also believe that such a step may affect the quality of higher education at the university.