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MAHARASHTRA-Business and Politics of Universities

Business and Politics of Universities J V Deshpande AT about the same time that the prime minister was expounding the virtues of the new education policy to the exalted and the appreciative audiences at Santiniketan and at the annual conference of the Indian Science Congress, there was a public display in Maharashtra of another aspect of the government's education policies. Several thousand students of non-recognised institutes running courses in teacher education held massive demonstrations demanding permission to appear for university examinations. In all the states dual control is exercised in the matter of starting and running educational institutes. The university to which a particular educational institute is affiliated is responsible for overseeing that the latter provides to its students proper physical and academic facilities, that it hires properly- qualified faculty, that the faculty in turn imparts the prescribed quantum of instruction and laboratory and field work and that, generally, the students are got ready for the university examinations. If the university is satisfied on this score, it grants 'affiliation* to the institute and allows its students to take the university examination.

EDUCATION-Towards a New Education Policy

October 26, 1985 EDUCATION Towards a 'New Education Policy'? J V Deshpande IS there a seasonal variation in national debates? Just as the soccer season ends by the end of the monsoon and the cricket season gets going with the advent of winter, similarly we see the debate on the new National Educational Policy stealing the headlines, with the end of the monsoon, just about the time the debate on Black Money was slowly fading out.


On the price of Rs 2,800 for this very minimal shelter the beneficiary is required to make a down payment of Rs 560 from a loan which he will be helped to get from a public housing finance body at 12 per cent interest repayable over 20 years amounting to Rs 2,800. The beneficiary will be required to pay Rs 25 per month towards repayment of the loan and another Rs 5 per month for maintenance charges to the sites and services implementing authority. Therefore, the percentage of income spent on shelter (if he is earning between Rs 201 to 300) will be 15 to 10 per cent per month. He may also avail of a home improvement loan of Rs 1,000 on which repayment charges are Rs 11 a month.

MAHARASHTRA-Strike Threat by College Teachers

February 2, 1985 MAHARASHTRA Strike Threat by College Teachers J V Deshpande AFTER a period of comparative quiet of about two years, the colleges and universities in Maharashtra are once again threatened with unrest and a possible dislocation in the teaching and examination schedules of the Institutes of Higher Learning in Maharashtra, The Federation of the College and University Teachers' Unions in Maharashtra (MFUCTO), a body representing almost all the teachers in the junior and degree colleges and university departments in Maharashtra has called upon all the teachers in these institutes to go on an indefinite strike from February 11.


be found in the frequent and widespread use of Hindu rituals at government functions and offices. This goes largely unquestioned and contributes directly to the increasing sense of insecurity among the minorities. The minorities are challenging the building of a Pan-Hindu culture and thus there is conflict with Christians in Kerala and Sikhs in Punjab. This in turn is helping to build the power of base of com- munalist leaders in different communities.

EDUCATION- New Universities Bill in Maharashtra- Wrong Diagnosis and Wrong Medicine

October 6, 1984 EDUCATION New Universities Bill in Maharashtra Wrong Diagnosis and Wrong Medicine J V Deshpande WHATEVER else the government of Maharashtra may have set out to achieve by the new Bill now introduced in the State Assembly to consolidate the Acts of the non-agricultural universities in the state, it has already had one tangible outcome, probably not foreseen by the government. It has united almost all the academics as well as the administrators in the universities and colleges against the Bill. It is no surprise that many of the provisions of the Bill are being strongly opposed by various student unions and teacher organisations. But not only the managements of the colleges but even official bodies of different universities, such as the Senate of Bombay University and the Executive Councils of Nagpur University and the SNDT Women's University, have come out against the Bill. Similar reaction is expected from other universities also. Considering the fact that there are many persons who are either directly nominated or in some way sponsored by the government on these bodies of the universities, this public expression of their dissatisfaction must be considered quite remarkable.

MAHARASHTRA-Engineering Education Wholesale Adulteration

MAHARASHTRA Engineering Education: Wholesale Adulteration J V Deshpande 'NOTHING succeeds like excess', that seems to be the guiding principle behind the latest decisions of the government of Maharashtra in the field of higher education. Soon after the present ministry of Vasantdata Patil took office early this year, it was announced by the new Education Minister that in order to case the acute shortage of facilities for technical education in the state, the government would allow private parties to start five new engineering colleges and ten new polytechnics on the clear understanding that they would not receive any grant-in-aid from the state

EDUCATION-Bleak New Year in Maharashtra

lawfully spent, for such charitable or religious purposes, as may be prescribed" Section 2 clause (d) reads : 'Charitable purpose" includes: (i) relief of poverty or distress; (ii) education; (iii) medical relief; (iv) advancement of any other object of utility or welfare to the general public or a section thereof, not being an object of an exclusively religious nature.

EDUCATION-Reducing Policy to Arithmetic

EDUCATION Reducing Policy to Arithmetic J V Deshpande THE problems of the educational system in India have been reported time and again, even by specially appointed commissions such as the Kothari Commission and the Sargent Commission. The shortcomings of the present system have been mercilessly highlighted, and both short-term and long-term remedies have been listed several times.


deliberately misrepresent the mainsprings of the mass upsurge. One remarkable feature of the struggle was that none of the political parties with opportunist intentions was permitted to worm its way into the leadership. The allegations of the Congress are intended to divert attention from the true causes of the upsurge, viz, the intolerable price rise, the pro-rich policies of the government and the rampant corruption and sickening inter-group strife within the Congress party and government.


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