The Vidyapeeth Kayda Sudharna Samiti (Universities Act Reforms Committee),formed to oppose the proposed Maharashtra Public Universities Act,has decided to hold a state-level meeting to register its protest.
The 20-member committee will finalised the date of the meeting on July 6. Senior faculty members from over 10 universities are expected to participate in the meet.
Gajanan Ekbote,senior senate member,University of Pune (UoP),said,The new system suggests that the fees of regular BA/BSc/BCom courses will be increased from Rs 2000-10,000 to nearly Rs 80,000. Besides this,those who pass out of the universities and join as faculty members in public/private colleges and universities will have to contribute their first months salary towards a corpus called the Higher and Professional Education Finance Corporation (HIPEC).
A K Walunj,secretary,Pune University Teachers Association (PUTA),said,As per the provisions in the constitution,the existing Universities Act could have been amended. There is no need for a new Act. Such stringent clauses are nothing short of financial extortion from students in a bid to compete with private colleges and universities. We will oppose this Act in all possible ways and we hope former UoP vice-chancellor Arun Nigvekar considers our point of view before the Act is introduced in the Assembly for a debate in the monsoon session.