Unique Initiative: Now Maharashtra Plans to Set up Separate ‘Think Tank’ to Enhance Quality of Education

Unique Initiative: Now Maharashtra Plans to Set up Separate ‘Think Tank’ to Enhance Quality of Education

New Delhi January 13: With objective to improve the quality of education in the state, the Maharashtra government on Sunday has decided will set up a ‘think-tank’. This unique body will advise the government on the strategies to enhance the education system in the state. An announcement to this effect was made by School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Sunday.

‘Think-tank’ to include professionals

As per the announcement, the proposed ‘think-tank’ will include professionals from various sectors such as elected representatives, education experts, teachers, parents, and retired bureaucrats. People who have been involved in formulating education policies, NGOs and media covering the education beat will be given preference.

“I plan to start interaction with them from next week. Through personal interaction, I will get to know their experiences. This will help us in coming out with something constructive to upgrade the quality of education in schools across the state,” Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said.

The statement from the minister comes after she held meetings with officials of the school education department in the last one week to review its functioning and the condition of education being imparted in schools across the state.

University in Konkan region

Taking another step to make education reach all regions of the state, Maharashtra has also planned to set up a university in the Konkan region. On Saturday, state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant made an announcement in this regard. Samant said setting up a university in the Konkan region was a long-pending demand of the people there.

In Maharashtra, at present the colleges in Konkan’s Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts are affiliated to Mumbai University.

Long-pending demand of people

“There was a long-pending demand of people from the Konkan that there should be a separate university in Konkan region. For students studying in Sawantwadi in Konkan, Mumbai University is almost 650 kilometres away and it is difficult for them to travel that far for any work,” Samant said.

Samant said a committee had been set up for the purpose to carry out the planning and execution of the strategy to set up the university.

Separate academy for professors

Apart from the university, Samant said a separate academy for professors will be set up in Pune and also the state government has decided to lift a stay on giving approvals to new libraries in the state.