Source: News Bharati English02 Mar 2017 17:22:17
Mumbai, March 2: The Maharashtra Public Universities Act came into force on Wednesday. The Act aims at providing academic autonomy to state universities improve their functioning and bring about higher participation of students.
The Maharashtra Public Universities Bill, 2016 was passed by the state Legislative Assembly and Council in December last year. The new Maharashtra Public Universities Act will be implemented in a phased manner. The Maharashtra Public Universities Act focuses on following points:
- The appointments of the important posts will be decided through the qualifications and work experience required for candidates
- Students elections in will be held state colleges. A student representative will be present in every university management council and other decision-making bodies.
- Key post which was initially lying vacant will also be appointed.
- A grievance redressal committee will be formed under which will resolve complaints within six months from the date of complaint.
- Each university will now be governed by the vice-chancellor, pro-vice chancellor, deans of faculties and seven directors
- There will be a registrar, finance and accounts officer and director of sub-campuses of the university
- a new system to grant permission in order to build and run new colleges.
- Setting up of equal opportunity cell for Divyaang students and setting up of a Vishakha cell to redress complaints of sexual harassment of women.
- Mercantile (double entry) accounting system mandatory to bring transparency
- To set up special committee to determine fees and a regulatory mechanism at the state-level
The amended bill was tabled by State Education Minister Vinod Tawade in December saying that the new amendments are student oriented. This new law will boost the higher education sector.