Maharashtra to have pvt varsities on lines of Rajasthan, UP

Mumbai | Updated: Nov 21 2005, 06:21am hrs
After the enactment of laws relating to private universities by Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the Maharashtra government expects passage of a similar Bill by the state legislature during the ensuing winter session beginning December 5, in orange city Nagpur.

The Self Financing Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Bill, 2005, which was cleared by the state cabinet last week, envisages attracting surplus money from companies and institutions in setting up such universities, especially when funding resources of state government are limited.

The government has made all attempts to remove deficiencies existing in the enactment of Chhattisgarh, mainly related to regulatory issues. Besides, permission of such universities in Chhattisgarh was granted on the basis of project reports without physical inspection of facilities and no provision of letter of intent. Financial requirements were also not specified.

However, according to state government sources, the Bill has a provision whereby the government can issue directions and appoint a committee to inspect the administration and working of a university. The government would also have the power to wind up the university in certain circumstances.

A society registered under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950, a society under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and a company registered under Section 25 of Companies Act 1956 are entitled to apply for the establishment of private universities in Maharashtra.

It would be mandatory for the sponsoring body to file project reports, which would be scrutinised by a committee of experts on the basis of the prescribed norms. The government would enjoy powers to issue letters of intent to appropriate proposals and a separate committee would be formed to confirm and verify the actual establishment and availability of infrastructure set out in the letter of intent.

A top government functionary told FE that prior approval of the state cabinet will be needed. Thereafter, the state legislature will give its nod and a notification regarding incorporation of a private university will be issued.

The government would not have to bear any financial burden on the administration of these universities. It is provided in the proposed Bill that the fee structure will be sufficient for generating resources for recurring expenditure and development of universities. Further fee structure will be meant only for fulfillment of the objective of the university.

As the existing education system will remain, students will have an option either to join private universities or the colleges of existing universities. Competitiveness will curtail the exploitation and profiteering, sources said.