He received proposals for the establishment of the Deenanath Mangeshkar International Music School, which would need 5 acres, and for a new skills university on 15 acres. In addition, there is a request for 5 acres to set up the Dadasaheb Phalke School for the Performing Arts; if that is not possible, it could happen to Goregaon.
Sources said a few other proposals have been submitted to the university for land for institutes or facilities, such as an Urdu Bhavan and a 500-bed government hostel that will not be reserved for students.
Besides educational needs, the University of Mumbai also had to cede its land for civic needs.
The Kalina campus recently ceded over 8 acres to MMRDA for road widening. After the Covid pandemic, the land allocated to the university for its Sindhudurg sub-campus was ceded to set up a hospital.
Spread over 243 acres, the idea was to turn MU Kalina’s premises into a mini campus where students could roam from school to school to choose credits before graduation, a senior official said. of the department of higher and technical education. “With the new education policy, we want to expand the offer on campus. All these schools will be public institutes and will be affordable for all students from all economic strata, ”he added.
Members of the management board, the university’s final decision-making body, said there had been “phone calls” from Mantralaya to the vice-chancellor to part with a few acres on his Kalina campus. “All land application proposals will be forwarded to the Chancellery. But, as members of the management committee, we will no longer allow the cession of land (for private institutes or non-educational establishments). The university is booming, the number of affiliated colleges has increased and these numbers will only increase, ”said a member of the management committee.
A proposal for the music school was started by the Mangeshkar family, as a result of which a government resolution was passed. Now a committee has been appointed with Hrudaynath Mangeshkar as its head.
The idea of housing the new skills university has only been discussed informally so far. Although no official request was forwarded by the state government, the central core of senior officials spoke of the “pressure from above for land”. “I think the skills university should be created in the heart of industrial activity, and not in an isolated corner in Kalina,” said a senior educator.
Land issues are a constant plague for the university. He has yet to receive compensation from MMRDA for the 8 acres surrendered. Previously, Bombay’s high court, wanting to expand, had requested the university’s Fort campus.