Mumbai, May 16 -- Students applying to colleges this year can choose courses at the state's first cluster university. Dr Homi Bhabha State University (HBSU), a cluster of four existing colleges, the Institute of Science (ISc), Elphinstone College and Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, and Secondary Training (ST) College - all located in Fort and Churchgate - is open for admissions this academic year.

Unlike the University of Mumbai (MU), which offers courses divided by disciplines, cluster universities create integrated courses that give students options across disciplines - science, economics, commerce and humanities. The institutes that form a cluster university are also located close to each other.

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