The process of improving the quality of higher education in Maharashtra will have to wait longer as the state has now formed a new committee to review the suggestions and feedback invited from experts and stakeholders of the education sector regarding recommendations made by three committees previously. They are expected to help the states higher education department in implementing the reforms.
A Government Resolution (GR) was issued last week,which announced the formation of the new committee. The final suggestions will be submitted by this new panel to the state. The exercise is likely to be time consuming as the new committee will have to study the recommendations made by the previous three committees as well as the suggestions/objections which come from various stakeholders and subsequently suggest ways to implement the same.
In August 2010,the states higher and technical education department had set up three committees to reform higher education in Maharashtra. While the apex committee was headed by Anil Kakodkar,the other two were chaired by Arun Nigavekar and Ram Takwale. Two reports were submitted to the state in August 2011 and the third in November last year.
The reports have been put up on the official website of the Maharashtra government and can be accessed by anyone. We urge all stakeholders to go through them and give their opinions and suggestions,which will help us take necessary actions and make appropriate recommendations to the state, said a member of the new committee.
On the time limit which has been given to the new committee,one member said they expect to finish the exercise at the earliest.
While the Kakodkar committee gave suggestions on revamping higher education in Maharashtra,the Nigavekar team looked at ways to revise the Maharashtra Universities Act,1994. Similarly,the Takwale committee made recommendations on ways to reduce the burden of large universities with hundreds of colleges affiliated to them.