Higher education minister Uday Samant
Higher education minister Uday Samant
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Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant, on Sunday, said that the state government has proposed to start the academic year for colleges in Maharashtra from September 15. “Students should not be harmed. Keeping this in mind, the government will soon announce its decision on the commencement of the academic year for colleges from September 15,” he added.

Fees for private colleges offering vocational courses are fixed by the Fee Control Authority (FRA) and the government cannot interfere with it. “However, there is a demand by students and parents for a 25% cut in the fees. FRA has not been functioning for the last few months, but it has just been constituted. It will hear both sides and make a decision later,” he noted. He informed that he will be chairing a meeting with the university vice chancellors on Monday and make a suggestion to reduce the fees of affiliated colleges.

Samant said the admission process for non-professional courses will start after Class XII results are declared. He added that there was an option of either conducting CET for admissions to non-technical courses or conducting the admission process based on Class XII marks. "Class XII board examinations have been cancelled. Only after the results are declared will we decide on having CET or not," he added.

Samant, who interacted with teachers' outfits that have been protesting for recruitment in universities, said the state government had decided to fill 4,074 posts and the process for 1,600 had already been completed. He said the process to fill 700 to 750 more vacant posts had also begun. A survey will be undertaken to identify vacant teaching posts as of 2020.

"The remuneration per hour for teachers on a clock hour basis in under-graduate programmes has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 615, and from Rs 150 to Rs 250 for practicals. For postgraduate courses (PG), it has been increased to Rs 750 from Rs 600, while it would be Rs 300 in place of Rs 250 for those conducting practicals. The government will also fill up 121 vacant librarian posts soon," Samant said.

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