Maharashtra has only 32 lakh students, according to Chandrakant Patil, against the target of achieving 50 lakhs of students in the higher education system .
Mumbai: A state minister has announced that admission to colleges has been completed.State Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil said that the government will start offering four-year degree programs from June 2023, as required by the National Education Policy (NEP), and that the universities will have to implement the decision at a meeting of Vice-Chancellors of non-agriculture universities at the Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.Universities will have to implement the four-year degree programs mandated by the NEP in June, he said, with caution that if they fail to do so, penalties will be levied against them.Mr Patil said the government would shortly form a board of retired Vice-Chancellors to discuss Vice-Chancellors' questions over the NEP's implementation.Maharashtra has only 32 lakh students, according to Mr Patil, against the target of achieving the 50 lakhs of students in the higher education system.The minister asked universities to launch a drive to raise the enrolment rate.He also stated that the NEP's recommendations on education in mother tongue and skill development should be taken into account.To reach the aim of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, state governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has urged Vice-Chancellors of public universities in Maharashtra to make universities aatmanirbhar (self-reliant). According to the governor, who is also the chancellor of public universities in the state, the NEP focuses on education and the Indian knowledge system.He encouraged ViceChancellors to form small advisory committees made up of dedicated officers, professors, young people, and resource people to advise them on the effective application of the program in universities.The governor announced that a follow-up meeting of Vice-Chancellors would be held within six months to see what actions were taken on the issues discussed at the meeting.Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who was present on the occasion, said the state would pursue the NEP in the best possible way. He said that the selection of Vice-Chancellors would be simplified shortly, and that new search committees for the selection of Vice-Chancellors will be formed soon.Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed dissatisfaction with the poor results of some of the universities in key result areas, such as the timely reporting of the results of various examinations, and urged Vice-Chancellors to take note of the deficiencies and take necessary steps quickly.Mr Fadnavis stressed the need for a robust web infrastructure to make the NEP process run smoothly and suggested the development of a live dashboard to monitor the situation from time to time.Deputy Chief Minister David Davis said that the findings of the college inspection teams should be made available on the colleges' websites. Mr Fadnavis expressed worry over the low rate of voter registration among college students.