The Sir J J School of Art along with schools of Architecture and Applied Arts was granted the deemed-to-be status, under the de-novo category, with Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan handing over the official notification on Thursday.
Under the new status, the three iconic institutions of Art and architecture from the city will come together and will be known as Sir JJ University of Art, Architecture and Design. It will begin functioning from the next academic year (2024-25) following a state government resolution granting permission to the institute to form the university, based on the notification. It will offer various undergraduate, postgraduate and executive courses along with research work in the fields of art architecture and design.
Addressing the gathering, Pradhan said, “The university should not remain a certificate giving institute. It should work toward becoming a centre for global excellence and a multidisciplinary research institute.”
Pradhan also appealed to the new upcoming university to collaborate with the Centre on several schemes such as creating creatively engaging school textbooks under the new NCERT syllabus and creating training programmes for artisans and craftsmen under the Pradhan Mantri Vishwakarma Scheme.
The Maharashtra State government has already set aside a fund of Rs 26 crore for restoration of heritage buildings of the institute located in CST. “Additional funding of Rs 130 crore is initiated for construction of a hostel for the new university. It will be located in Bandra and will have capacity of housing around 1200 students, including boys and girls,” said Vikas Chandra Rastogi, principal secretary of Higher and Technical Education department of Maharashtra.
Rastogi also shared how the state was given time of three years to comply with conditions enlisted under the letter of intent (LoI) given in the year 2021, “We have been able to comply with all in less than two years,” he said.
According to Director of Art Education, Rajiv Mishra, the new status of deemed-to-be university (under de-novo category) is just the first step. “We intend to become an institute of excellence and eventually a central university,” he said.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil, Speaker of the Assembly Rahul Narwekar and city’s Guardian Minister Deepak Kesarkar, also school education minister, were present.