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Athawale seeks reservations in pvt universities

There should be reservations for backward classes in self-financed private universities that will be set up in Maharashtra, RPI leader Ramdas Athawale said last week.

mumbai Updated: Aug 15, 2011 00:49 IST

There should be reservations for backward classes in self-financed private universities that will be set up in Maharashtra, RPI leader Ramdas Athawale said last week.

“The state government ensured the passage of the Private Universities Bill in haste, and there was no discussion on it in the Assembly,” Athawale said. “This evokes suspicion and RPI condemns it. A discussion should have been held on such an important bill.”

The passage of the bill in haste showed that the government was working under the pressure of education barons and industrialists, Athawale said.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, faced with criticism over not providing for reservations for backward classes in the Private Universities Bill, had said last week that the government was open to making amendments to the act in the next session.

RPI has said it will hold demonstrations in the state on August 23 to demand reservations in the Bill, Athawale said.