The Maharashtra government has initiated the process to revamp the Maharashtra State Council for Higher Education in order to plan, develop and enhance the higher and technical education in the state.
Maharashta had a higher education council in the past but it failed to function up to the mark, told Wasudeo N Gade, Vice-chancellor in University of Pune.
He added that the stress on revival of the council began after the state governor and the chancellor's office brought up the matter in the joint board of vice-chancellor's (JBVC) meeting which held at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai a few months ago.
The government is seriously striving for the revival and the council's prime chore will be to frame policies for planned development of higher and technical education in the state.
In addition, the government had also sought many proposals as well as nominations for this multi-member body from the state universities.
The revived composition of the council is expected to have around 25 members forming a body which will be headed by the chief minister. The body shall comprise of the minister for higher and technical education, deputy minister, nominated experts from academics, vice-chancellors and principals among others, Gade informed.
The move may be in coherence with Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), which aims at strategic funding and support to the state higher education system so as to attain the goals of equity, access and excellence.