NASHIK: The state legislative assembly recently cleared the Maharashtra Public Universities (Third Amendment) Act, 2021, which proposes appointment of minister of higher and technical education as pro-chancellor and alters the appointment process of a vice-chancellor. The opposition opposed the tabling of the bill and suggested a review for the same by a joint committee.
However, the government passed the bill based on the majority. Due to the passing of the bill, MLA Radhakrishnan Vikhe Patil warned that political interference in the university would create a new breeding ground for scams and that the BJP would never let the government implement this bill. This bill shall increase the gap between rich and poor and lead to partiality in seat distribution for personal gains.
The BJP has started opposing the bill, which was tabled in the House by the Mahavikas Aghadi government in the winter session. As a part of this, Yuva Morcha stated an agitation to protest against the bill by sending one lakh letters from all over the state to the Chief Minister, demanding withdrawal of the amended bill.
The agitation started from the Shirdi Assembly constituency by posting a letter in the post office at Loni Budruk on behalf of the youth front under the leadership of MLA Radhakrishnan Vikhe Patil. Condemning the Mahavikas Aghadi government for its political interference in the university, the activists decided to send one lakh letters and aware government of their grave mistake.
Speaking to the media professionals, MLA Vikhe Patil said that the day this bill was introduced in the Legislative Assembly was a black day for the education sector in the state. Since the establishment of universities, no government has ever interfered politically in universities’ functioning, which is why the quality and reputation of all universities in state have been maintained.
He further alleged that the Mahavikas Aghadi government had reduced the powers of the Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor for its political gain and directed the power to the Minister of Higher and Technical Education as the Vice-Chancellor only for political gain. The direct intervention of the ministers in the universities would be detrimental to the educational opportunities and quality.
MLA Vikhe Patil said that now, the vicechancellors have started receiving calls from the minister’s office regarding the tender process and recruitment in the university.