Student elections may be back in colleges, varsity depts in the state
MUMBAI: Twenty years after student elections were banned in the state, they have found a mention in the final draft of the proposed Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2015. The draft has provisions for student council elections in colleges and university departments, while continuing to prohibit student councils from engaging in political activities.
The proposed Act has also significantly reduced the strength of the university senate to 58 members, down from its current strength of 100. The senate is the principal authority for all financial estimates and budgetary appropriations and for providing feedback on academic programmes.
From constituting a new higher education body in the state, the draft Act has proposed creation of four broadly categorised faculties — science and technology, humanities, commerce and management, and inter-disciplinary studies — as against the present structure of six major faculties and other smaller centres in the varsity.
“The new rules have been designed to end destructive politics happening in the senate. The crowded senate often ends up moving away from its agenda of academic development,” said SK Mali, registrar, Solapur University, who was part of the committee that prepared the final draft.
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