More degree and professional colleges are lined up for students in the state.
The government’s higher and technical education department has sent a list of 100 new colleges to the chief minister’s office for final approval.
The proposal includes new colleges for arts, science, commerce and professional courses. The approved list will be finalised by June.
While the higher education department received 1,561 proposals, it has shortlisted 100 for approval after scrutiny. The colleges have also been approved based on geographical need.
“We plan to start 100 new colleges across Maharashtra. The final list has been submitted. It will now be subject to the chief minister’s sanction,” said Rajesh Tope, higher and technical education minister.
According to the procedure, college managements have to first submit their proposals for starting a new college to respective universities by October.
After which the university will sift through the proposals and submit them to the state government by December.
The state then appoints a scrutiny committee to look into each proposal in terms of infrastructure, need, and economic conditions.
Once approved, managements can go ahead and either start new campus or add additional courses.
Last year, the state had sanctioned around 200 new colleges. Around 45 proposals of University of Mumbai had been approved by the state including new colleges, new courses and additional divisions.
Already 615 colleges are affiliated to the University of Mumbai.