The long standing demand Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Arts has been finally granted. The JJ schools of Arts is now an autonomous institutions. The 155-year-old institution was affiliated to Mumbai University.
All the three colleges under the JJ School - applied arts, fine arts and architecture will now have academic freedom with the autonomous status.
According to officials from the Department of Higher and Technical Education, all three colleges will have to form an independent regulatory board of their own. The term of this board will be of five years. The state government will appoint an expert from the field of arts, well known architects, artists etc as chairman of these boards.
The stakeholders have expressed joy over the state government's timely move. Upgrading the curriculum and making changes wherever necessary will make the neglected art institutes more industry friendly.
The Rajiv Mishra, director in-charge, Directorate of Arts, and former principal at JJ School of Architecture looks forward to provide better facilties and upgrade the fee structure.
Vinod Tawde, Minister for Higher and Technical Education, said that the reason for granting autonomous status for Sir JJ school of Arts is to make it global and bring the institution on par with international schools.
The colleges are expected to form various panels under their independent board of governors such as educational board, subject board, examination board, economic panel, purchase panel and also a panel for building and infrastructure.
The state will continue to provide financial grant to the institute, currently, a block fund of Rs 9.87 crore will be sanctioned by the state for financial year 2016-17.
The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) will no longer be responsible to fill vacant faculty posts. The chairman of the board of governors will be incharge of appointment of faculty member and deans.