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Governor calls for early enactment of New Varsities’ Act in Maharashtra

Mumbai: The Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao today asked the State Government to take all necessary steps for the early enactment of the proposed Maharashtra Public Universities’ Act and implementation of recommendations of the three committees headed by Dr Anil Kakodkar, Dr Arun Nigwekar and Dr Ram Takawle regarding bifurcation and reforms in higher education. Taking a stern view of the professional colleges lacking basic infrastructure and qualified faculty, the Governor directed the Vice Chancellors to take ‘exemplary’ action against erring professional colleges. Observing that Indian scholars are holding prestigious teaching positions in universities abroad, the Governor asked state universities to invites these faculty as ‘Visitors’ to Teach in Maharashtra. The Governor also appealed to the Vice Chancellors to take up a campaign ‘Study in Maharashtra’ to attract students from across the world. The Governor was addressing the Vice Chancellors of non-agricultural public universities at the Annual Meet at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis,  Higher and Technical Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya and Secretaries of various departments were present. Highlights of Governor’s address to Vice Chancellors 1.Calls for Early enactment of new Maharashtra Universities' Act 2. Creation of Apprenticeship positions in Public, Private and Govt departments to improve employability of youths 3. Calls VCs to take 'exemplary' action against professional colleges having poor infrastructure & lacking qualified faculty 4. Promote 'Teach in Maharashtra' & 'Study in Maharashtra campaigns' 5. Set time frame to introduce Choice Based Credit System in universities 6. Speed up implementation of examination reforms by universities 7. Set up 'Maharashtra Universities Service Commission' 8. Involve universities in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan 9. Give greater support to tribal students and other disadvantaged groups 10. Make campuses safe and secure for women and free from antisocial elements, drug peddlers. Observing that few colleges are opting for autonomy, the Governor called upon the universities to encourage their departments, affiliated colleges and institutions to opt for autonomy. He also asked the Government to take certain steps for simplifying the procedure for granting autonomy. Mentioning that the Union HRD Minister has urged the universities to implement the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the forthcoming year, the Governor called for setting a timeframe for universities to comply with the CBCS guidelines. ‘Pained by Slow pace of Examination reforms’ The Governor noted that administrative reforms, particularly Examination reforms remained a problem area. “I am pained to say that there has been lack of enthusiasm on the part of many universities in implementing the recommendations of examination reforms committee in totality. Universities are also slow in harnessing technology to spruce up administration”, said the Governor. The Governor said he was unnerved to read reports of growing drug menace and incidents of violence against women. In this connection, he called upon University authorities to make campuses safe and secure for women and free from anti-social elements. The Governor also sought the wholehearted participation of universities in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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