The state government has set up an 11-member panel headed by Dr Anil Kakodkar, nuclear scientist and ex-chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, to suggest changes that could stem the decline in the quality of higher education and bring it on a par with global standards.
The committee, formed by the department of higher and technical education, includes former bureaucrat Kumud Bansal, former member of the National Knowledge Commission Ashok Kolaskar, scientist Raghunath Mashelkar and Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University, Rajan Welukar.
It will recommend measures that will make courses/degrees in the state futuristic, globally competitive, and more in sync with social and industrial requirements. It will also scrutinise draft proposals of two other panels set up by the department – the advisory panel on bifurcation of varsities, led by former V-C of Indira Gandhi Open University, Ram Takawale, and the panel on amendments to University law, led by ex-chairman of UGC Arun Nigvekar. Takawale and Nigvekar are on the panel.