Mumbai : Deccan Express – Mumbai News | The committee constituted to suggest amendments in the Maharashtra Public University Act, 2016 today submitted its report to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (Mumbai News). At this time, the chairman of the committee, Dr. Sukhdev Thorat, Member Dr. Vijay Khole, Principal Secretary Rastogi and other concerned were present. The Mahavikas Aghadi government set up a committee to make necessary amendments in the Maharashtra Public University Act 2016, which came into existence during the BJP government.
A 13-member committee was formed in October 2020 under the chairmanship of Dr. Sukhdev Thorat, former chairman of the University Grants Commission. The objective of the committee is to enhance the quality of higher education in line with the changing times with the new education policy of the Center. In addition, according to the University Act, it is necessary to plan with the focus on students in various educational institutions, colleges, and universities.
The report also examines the revised provisions of the new education policy by the UGC and the All India Council of Technical Education. A bill in this regard is likely to be tabled in the coming winter session.
As the number of nominated members was highest in the University Act 2016, the opinion representatives of the ruling parties in the state were taking over the various authorities of the university. As a result, people’s representatives and student unions were demanding amendments to the University Act. It was also alleged by the leaders of the Mahavikas Aghadi that during the BJP government, people of Sangh ideology were appointed as vice-chancellors in most of the universities in the state.
It is alleged that the report was prepared by the committee to amend the law, which seeks to reduce the power of governors to elect university vice-chancellors. But what exactly are the changes suggested in the report submitted? No official appointment has been made by the committee. Online suggestions were invited from all teachers, non-teaching staff, organizations, students, parents and other sections of the society to amend the Act. The law is being amended so that students can get a good education, make good progress and overcome difficulties.