Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Tuesday urged the state government to make universities in the state more efficient and student friendly by bifurcating them and creating sub-campuses,as affiliation to a large number of colleges was affecting quality of education and administration.
The issue was discussed on Monday,during an annual meeting with the vice-chancellors of state-run universities at Sahyadri Guest House.
The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar,Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope,Minister for Medical Education Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit,Minister for Public Health Suresh Shetty,Minister for State for Higher & Technical Education D P Sawant,Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulik,secretaries of government departments and the V-Cs and Pro-V-Cs of all non-agricultural universities of the state.
The Governor also asked the CM to enact the new Maharashtra Public Universities Act that would replace the existing Maharashtra Universities Act,1994,to strengthen the university system. He urged Chavan to take steps for the establishment of a separate university for skill development and vocational training.
We liked the suggestions made by the Governor and the CM,but these suggestions should not just remain on paper. If these suggestions are implemented,we can really work towards improving the quality of education. The CM said in the meeting that the state government was working towards setting up separate universities for engineering and sports, said one of the V-Cs.
Pointing at the recent incidents of sexual violence against women,the Governor asked the V-Cs to ensure that campuses of universities and colleges in Maharashtra provided a safe and supportive atmosphere for girl students and women teachers and staff. The Governor asked all V-Cs and Pro-V-Cs to ensure that every case of violence against women or inappropriate behaviour towards them was taken very seriously and dealt with according to the provisions of law. He further asked us to ensure that womens grievances cell was active and functioning in colleges and universities, said the V-C.
Concerns were raised by the authorities over the issue of delay in declaration of results. The Governor directed the V-Cs to declare all examination results within 30 days and latest within 45 days.