Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday urged Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to resolve the junior college admission row at the earliest.
He also put forth his sons of the soil agenda by demanding that the government ensures that 80 per cent of the seats in professional colleges go to Marathi speaking students.
“Several private colleges enroll students from other states because they give donations,”
he said adding that the MNS will stage agitation if this continued.
“If the government doesn’t heed to this, then we'll have to start an agitation to ensure that it is implemented”, Thackeray said.
He also suggested that the government should grant more FSI to ICSE and CBSE schools to build junior college so that there will be less tussle for junior college admissions between them and SSC boards.
A press release by the MNS claimed that Chavan had accepted this suggestion, but there was no confirmation from the state government.
Referring to the fiasco over the Best Five formula that has been struck down by the high court, Thackeray reportedly asked Chavan why admissions are mired in controversy every year. “Why does the state’s education department become overactive only in this one month and not for the rest of the 11 months of the year,” Thackeray reportedly asked Chavan.
The chief minister briefed him about the steps being taken by the government following the HC verdict.
The government has decided to challenge the verdict in the apex court.
Thackeray also trained his guns at the state for not regulating the fees in private, unaided schools in the state. “There is no clarity on the fee hike structure in private unaided schools. As a result, these schools are charging exorbitant sums of money, thereby causing harassment to students. The state needs to pay immediate attention to this.”