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Universities bill will be approved by July: Edu min Vinod Tawde

state education minister Vinod Tawde, in an interview with Hindustan Times, said the process of approval of the Universities bill will finish soon.

mumbai Updated: Apr 15, 2016 00:52 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Be assured that the bill will be approved by July, said state education minister Vinod Tawde.
Be assured that the bill will be approved by July, said state education minister Vinod Tawde.(HT Photo)

As the implementation of the Maharashtra Public Universities Bill, 2015, gets delayed for further discussion once again, colleges and universities across the state are worried about the future. After being pushed from one legislative session to another since December 2015, the bill has now been referred to a Joint Select Committee (JSC) for further consultation. Senior officials of the University of Mumbai (MU), too, are not happy about the extended deadlock.

While a JSC takes six months to clear such matters, state education minister Vinod Tawde, in an interview with Hindustan Times, said the process will finish sooner.

Why did the Maharashtra Public Universities Bill get deferred for another few months?

Putting together the Universities Act is a cumbersome process and not something that can be changed again and again. So before the new bill is passed as a law, the government is making sure that it’s foolproof and student-centric. While most of the processes have been cleared, the bill has been sent to the Joint Select Committee for a final review, that’s all.

How long can this process take?

Even though this process can take about six months, we have made it very clear that work on the bill will be done rapidly. By July, in the next legislative session, we should be able to table it. Our aim is to implement the rule immediately after it gets approved in July.

With several posts at the University of Mumbai lying vacant, objections have been raised on the functioning of the MU. A lot of work, too, has been pending for the past one year. What happens next?

Most of the important posts that are needed for the smooth functioning of the university have been entrusted to people who are doing their job. Even though these bodies are functioning on a temporary basis, it has never affected the working of the university or affiliated colleges. The only problem is that posts such as senate and council members are pending, but we hope to clear all this by July, once the bill is approved and implemented.

HT recently highlighted the plight of several third-year degree students who opted for new courses as their final year syllabus is yet to be chalked out. With no permanent Board of Studies (BoS), how will this problem be solved before colleges reopen in June?

The BoS does not have to wait for the universities bill to do its job. The ad-hoc BoS has the power to frame the syllabus. If the same has not been done till now, the MU vice-chancellor needs to take a call on the same. By setting up temporary bodies, we have already ensured that daily functioning of the universities does not get affected owing to the pending approval. Meanwhile, be assured that the bill will be approved by July.