Shiv Sena miffed with BJP ministers over ban on new colleges

Waikar said he would speak to Fadnavis and ask him to relax the ban in favour of some much-needed colleges of law and commerce.

| Mumbai | Published: May 14, 2015 10:42:05 pm

A Recent Government Resolution (GR) has led to a disagreement between Shiv Sena and BJP ministers. Minister of State (MoS) for Higher and Technical Education Ravindra Waikar on Thursday said neither Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis nor Education Minister Vinod Tawde consulted him before issuing the GR that put a blanket ban on starting new colleges and allotment of new divisions to existing colleges.

After protests by principals of non-government colleges and activists of the Yuva Sena (Shiv Sena’s youth wing), Waikar said he would speak to Fadnavis and ask him to relax the ban in favour of some much-needed colleges of law and commerce and other streams that were in demand.

The delegation of Yuva Sena activists requested Waikar to intervene in the matter. They said the blanket ban would lead to many students being robbed of an opportunity to study courses of their choice.

Waikar said, “I will speak with the CM and apprise him of the problem of students and ask him to relax the ban for select courses. There are many areas that do not have sufficient seats or colleges and hence the blanket ban will be unfair for the students of those areas.”

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