The University of Pune (UoP) will set up the faculty of technology, which will offer an integrated MTech and PhD programme from this academic year.
According to reports, at the annual UoP senate meeting, vice chancellor, Raghunath Shevgaonkar, said, “There was a long-pending proposal of increasing industry interface as both industry as well as the university need good academicians who can take education to new levels.Now, also both industry and academia had negative opinions of each other. Industry thinks what is taught in the university cannot be implemented in reality, while the academia would think that what is taught is right."
Industry needs multi-disciplinary people to solve problems and the new course would help students take an interdisciplinary approach and fulfil the needs of the industry. The new course would be the toughest as within four years, the students will have their MTech as well as PhD degrees.
The course is expected to begin in July from this academic year, 2011-12.There would be a board of studies for framing the curricula. It will have two members from industry and two from academia. Industry has given complete finance for the course. The UoP also had started a wine technology course in 2010-11 at affiliated colleges. Graduates in botany, zoology, biotechnology, microbiology or chemistry are eligible to apply for that course.