Stu­dent elec­tions may be back in col­leges, var­sity depts in the state

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Musab Qazi ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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