Higher Education

Higher Education

New Varsities Act comes into force

PUBLISH DATE 2nd March 2017

The Maharashtra Public Universities' Act, 2016, came into force on Wednesday with the higher and technical education department releasing gazette. However, many important functions such as appointments to top posts and conducting students' elections can be executed only once the statutes are out by the end of this month. While officials such as the registrar, examination controller can continue to hold offices till their terms end, the post of the director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD) has become redundant. The BCUD director is responsible for academic plan sponsible for academic planning, development and research in colleges besides promoting collaboration between colleges and universities. “The functions of BCUD director have been divided between the deans of faculties and the pro-vice-chancellor in the new Act,“ said an official. A government official, who was in the committee that formulated the Act, said the statutes which will lay down rules and regulations will be released in phases by March 31. “While in the earlier Act (1994) many statutes were designed by individual universities, in the new one, to maintain uniformity , the state may prescribe a standard code,“ said an official.