Maharashtra govt clears way for colleges to set up satellite centres in rural, tribal regions

Written by Abha Goradia
| Mumbai |

September 20, 2020 1:27:12 am

Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant. (Express Photo)

The state authorities has paved the way for reputed city increased schooling establishments and colleges to begin satellite centres in rural and tribal regions throughout Maharashtra.

A authorities notification issued by the Higher & Technical Education Department Friday prescribed procedures and standards for approval of recent satellite centres from the subsequent educational 12 months, three years after the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016, was enacted.

A “satellite centre”, as per the Act, is an integral a part of an affiliated or carried out school or recognised establishment imparting educational programmes, co-curricular, analysis, and extension actions in the agricultural or tribal area, neighbouring the placement of such school or establishment, established with the target of reaching the unreached, on the phrases and situations specified by the state authorities by an order in the official gazette.

The functions for beginning satellite centres might be scrutinised by a Board of Deans of the college involved inside a restricted time interval, the notification states. Colleges or establishments might be required to submit the required paperwork by October 15 yearly to the respective vice-chancellor for beginning a centre the subsequent 12 months. An in depth timeline has been notified for the process.

In the five-year perspective plan introduced by universities, they’ve been mandated to measure Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) — an indicator of the unfold of upper schooling in a given area. Priority to begin satellite centres might be given in rural and tribal areas the place the GER is lower than the state’s common.

The centres, which want to be established inside 200 km radius of the college, will even cater to on-line and open-distance studying services as really useful by the National Education Policy, the notification mentioned.

Only after an establishment runs one satellite centre in a passable method for at the least a interval of three years, will it’s given permission to begin one other such centre. In the primary 5 years, a satellite centre might be given approval for beginning conventional programs, analysis, extension and co-curricular actions, certificates programs for talent schooling and improvement, amongst different issues. Priority might be given to begin programs that promote talent improvement amongst youth, it added.

Educationist Anil Rao, a part of the three-member committee fashioned by the federal government to submit a report on beginning satellite centres, mentioned, “We had submitted the report in 2017. The government has adopted major recommendations in the report, and this move will enable colleges in ivory towers to take their institutes to rural areas. Migration of students to cities will also be brought under control, thereby increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio in such regions.”

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