Maha makes voter registration mandatory for students over 18 seeking admission to colleges – Devdiscourse | Team Cansler

The Maharashtra government will make it compulsory for students over the age of 18 to complete their voter registration for college admissions, a state minister said.

Chandrakant Patil, Minister of Higher and Technical Education, speaking at a non-agriculture university vice chancellors meeting here at Raj Bhavan on Thursday, said the government will introduce four-year degree programs from June 2023, as mandated by the National Education Policy (NEP) and the Universities must implement the decision.

“There is no option for universities as they have to run the four-year courses from June as required by the NEP,” he said, warning of action being taken against those who don’t.

The government will soon set up a committee of retired vice chancellors to address vice chancellors’ concerns about implementing the NEP, Patil said.

Noting the dismal rate of student voter registration at universities and colleges, he said, “The government will pass a resolution requiring students to have their voter registration done in order to gain admission to colleges.” Contrary to the goal of achieving enrollment Out of 50,000 students in the higher education system, only 32,000 students are enrolled in Maharashtra, Patil said. The minister called on universities to launch a campaign to improve enrollment rates. He also said there was a need to take into account the NEP’s recommendations regarding the provision of mother tongue education and skills development. State Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari called on the vice chancellors of Maharashtra’s public universities to transform the universities into “Aatmanirbhar” (independent) in order to achieve the goal of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”. “Many private universities are doing well with self-funding and distance learning programs,” he said, urging universities to take steps to effectively implement the NEP. The governor, who is also chancellor of the state’s public universities, said the NEP relies on the culture and Indian knowledge system. He urged the vice-chancellors to set up small advisory committees of dedicated civil servants, professors, young people and experts to advise them on how to effectively implement policies at universities.

The governor said he would hold a follow-up meeting of vice chancellors within six months to discuss steps taken on issues agreed at the meeting.

Prime Minister Eknath Shinde, who was present on the occasion, assured that the state would implement the NDP in the best possible way. “The state government has decided to make appropriate changes to the Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016 to bring the selection process of vice-chancellors and pro-vice-chancellors in line with University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines,” he said. He explained that the vice-chancellor selection process would be accelerated and said that new selection committees for vice-chancellor selection would soon be formed.

Deputy Prime Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed strong dissatisfaction with the poor performance of some universities in key outcome areas such as: Fadnavis expressed the need to put in place a robust digital system to make the implementation of NEP effective and called for the creation of a live dashboard to report the vice chancellors’ top 17 results areas to monitor the situation from time to time. Fadnavis called for more transparency by educational institutions and said the findings of college inspection teams should be made available on college websites. He said while good progress was being made in achieving higher gross enrollments in the state, universities needed to focus on delivering excellence in education. Fadnavis expressed concern about the low percentage of voter registration among college students.

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