A vision document, framed by experts, for higher and technical education for the next 25 years will be ready by the end of April, higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope announced in the state legislature on Saturday.
“The document will be collated following inputs from three experts – Anil Kakodkar, Ram Takole and Nigvekar. While the Takole committee was in charge of dividing the unmanageable universities, Kakodkar and Nigvekar were responsible for charting the department road map,” Tope said.
The road map of the department will deal with issues of dividing universities, charting new courses, forming new colleges and syllabus formations.
Tope announced the formation of a new technological university in the state along with seven model colleges. “Maharashtra will soon see a new international institute of information technology that will be constituted by the central government and which will be done through public private partnership. The private sector will invest Rs 135 and the Centre will give Rs 20 crore for the institute that will come up on 50 acres,” Tope said.
Apart from the technical institute, Tope seven model colleges would be brought in for which the state and Centre would be spending Rs 8 crore each.
“These will come up in districts with a low gross enrolment ratio like Vidarbha, Marathwada and districts in the Konkan. The colleges will be affiliated to universities of their districts,” he added.
The state will also be starting pre-IAS exam training institutes at Ratnagiri, Gadchiroli, Nashik, Amravati and Nanded to make sure more students get the opportunity to apply for competitive exams and get a chance to be part of the administration, he said.
Health minister says no to transfer recommendations
State health minister Suresh Shetty, on Saturday, expressed displeasure over the increasing number of recommendations from politicians to revoke transfers of medical officers to far-off places across the state.
“I have received more than 500 such recommendations against the transfers. I request legislators not to send such letters as these postings are important,” said Shetty while addressing the members of the legislative council. He said medical officers are shying away from joining places like Nandurbar, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri, which is affecting medical services in these areas.
In addition, he warned such officials to join service by May 30 or face action. “They would not be allowed to work if they do not obey,” Shetty said.
He said the state was working at improving medical facilities in the state and various measures were being undertaken. He specified some measures like filling up of all vacant posts would be done within the next four months and also generic medicine made available to poor patients in the state.