The Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh has plans to make the Mumbai University digital within the next year. He also plans to introduced long-distance online courses for easy access by students. The online courses will include courses in subjects like social sciences, natural sciences and others like music.
Under the virtual education network (VSAT), about 40 virtual classrooms will be started across the campuses of Mumbai University. These will use satellite based broadcasting for lectures.
According to reports, the VC has assured that, all students passing out of the Mumbai University next year will be given digital certificates. Also, the digital access to marks has already been enabled for previous years students on the website.
But these assurances have come despite the undecided fate of its longstanding contract with MKCL, its digital partner, for transfer of digital data of over 6 lakh students enrolled in the university. The VC has also assured that steps are being taken for upgradation of the existing infrastructure, along with the addition of new.
A new initiative called the 'Friends of Mumbai University' has also been launched, which would help in mobilising resources by voluntary givers. The aim is to rope in people from across states and countries, who are 'well-wishers' of the university, and who will help in the development of the university, on an ideology of philanthropy.
He also announced that access to digital mark sheets has already been made available to the students through the official website.