While a students’ organisation has been demanding a Marathi version of all colleges and university websites across the state, a recent report of the director of higher and technical education suggested that making it mandatory for colleges to have a Marathi website would not be feasible.
Director Rajesh Tope, in his report to the state higher and technical education minister, said, “All the affiliated colleges under the 20 universities in the state do not receive additional funds or grants from the state government to make a Marathi version of their websites.
Not only this, students from different medium come to these colleges and universities. Hence, making it mandatory for colleges and universities to have a Marathi version of their websites will be a difficult task.”
Members of Prahaar Vidhyarthi Sanghatana, a students’ organisation, had met Tope last year, to press for their demand. “We have no problem with websites in English, but there should be an option to explore them in Marathi as well. Many students, who come from rural areas, are not very comfortable with English websites,” said advocate Ajay Tapkeer of Prahaar Vidhyarthi Sanghatana.
Manoj Tekade, another member of the Sanghatana, said, “The report clearly states that they are not in favour of having Marathi websites for colleges and universities. We have written about this to the higher and technical education minister. We will agitate if our demand is not met soon.”
A senior official from the education department, who did not wish to be named, said, “We have received their letter, but a large number of institutes do not have adequate staff to maintain a Marathi website. While there are a few colleges that are creating a Marathi version, it will take time. If colleges do it voluntarily, it is good. We cannot make it mandatory and force them to have a Marathi website.”