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Maharashtra approved only one degree college in past two years
Maharashtra government, which aims to set up 25 to 30 private universities across the state, has granted permission to just one degree college over the past two years, reveals reply received under RTI
 
While Maharashtra aims to set up 25 to 30 private universities across the state, according to information procured under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, over the past two years, the state government has given approval to just one degree college. 
 
RTI activist, Anil Galgali, who had filed the application, says, since 2014, the Maharashtra government received 298 applications for degree colleges. "During 2014-15, the Higher and Technical Education Department received 130 applications for new colleges. Out of this, only one application from Jalgaon-based North Maharashtra University was approved. Out of the 129 applications, 46 were issued letters of intent (LoIs)," the information provided by the Public Information Officer (PIO) under RTI reveals.
 
"In the year 2015-16, applications for 168 new colleges were submitted to the government, but the government has taken a decision to not give permission to any new college hence all the applications have been reverted back to the respective Universities," the PIO says.
 
The Education Department received 16 applications for new colleges from Aurangabad, 11 from Buldhana, nine each from Pune and Yavatmal, eight from Nashik, seven each from Chandrapur and Akola, six from Mumbai, five each from Hingoli, Solapur and Amravati, four each from Parbhani and Gadchiroli, three each from Nagpur, Latur, Jalgaon, Nandurbar, Osmanabad, two each from Satara, Ahmed Nagar, Nanded, Dhule, Kolhapur, Thane, Beed and one each from Raigad, Vasai, Ratnagiri, Baramati and Sangli districts, the reply received by Galgali shows.
 
Interestingly, majority of the proposals fail to satisfy conditions set by the government's decision. Non-availability of non-agriculture (NA) certificate and documents related with building is one of the most common reasons for not granting permissions, the RTI reveals.
 
According to Galgali, the government's decision to not grant permission to any new college is not correct. "Education as business in Maharashtra has become a fiefdom of few privileged people and the decision of the Government on not granting permission to new colleges is in tune with continued control of the education field for the privileged few," he said.
 
Just last month, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde told media that the government was working on a proposal to make the state an education hub. He had said, "Our aim is to set up 25 to 30 private universities in different parts of Maharashtra. I would also like to have a private sports university and a full-fledged university of arts and culture."
 
“We plan to encourage formation of self-financed private universities which will help the state to achieve excellence in higher, technical, professional and management education without creating financial burden on state exchequer,” the minister had said.
 

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Work on 42-km road to start - after 40 years
Work on a 42-km bypass linking the Kerala capital with Tamil Nadu is set to start -- after a wait of 40 long years, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor announced on Monday.
 
A central minister will lay the foundation stone for the project on Tuesday. One part of the stretch will be ready in two years, and the whole road will take four years to be operational.
 
The road would ease the traffic flow into Thiruvananthapuram.
 
"I had to pursue this with two central governments (UPA II and the present NDA government). It took me six years to see this project," the Thiruvananthapuram MP told the media here.
 
"The land for this project was identified and was marked for acquisition more than 35 years back. 
 
"It was from 2009 that I started to pursue the project... The first phase would be over in two years and the second phase in four years," he said. 

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Dahyabhai S Patel

1 year ago

This is the way for all jobs, small and big, to get them accomplished from governments is like to get exited to work unless bitten severely to have perverted sex!!!!!! When an MP of Tharoor's stature takes this much efforts what to talk about an aam aadmi (common man). And why there should be any foundation stone to be laid, it must simply be started!!!

Meenal Mamdani

1 year ago

It would be hilarious if it was not so tragic.
Inordinate delays also hike up the cost of the projects.
The people who are to benefit from this road could keep an eye on the progress of the road work if they are given the information about the contractor, date of expected completion, a website that they can send their complaints to, etc.
Tharoor is IT savvy. He should put up such a website and get a million unpaid "inspectors" keeping an eagle eye on the work in progress.

India's food safety watchdog floats norms for meat products
India's food safety watchdog on Monday notified the draft norms for regulating microbes in meat and meat products, and said they would come into force after 60 days of it being published in the official gazette.
 
It also invited stakeholders to file their comments and objections on the same.
 
"The objections and suggestions, which may be received from any person with respect to the said draft regulations before the expiry of the period so specified, shall be considered by the food authority," the watchdog said in a notification.
 
The existing norms covered the category "Microbiological requirements of food products" and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) now wants to include what are called "Hygiene Indicator Organisms" with specifications on maximum amount of bacteria that can be present, along with other criteria.
 
These criteria include minimum number of samples to be presented for testing, the level above which a lot has to be rejected, the units to be used for analyses, as also definitions of what constitute meat and meat products.

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Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

Is this one more way to turn us all vegetarians? Or to make sure the Muslim community is under more pressure? The VP has come out openly today. Targeting only perpetuates the problems and amplifies them.The abattoirs have ample restrictions and checks and balances. I know. I had worked on the Deonar site in the sixties when it was put up by Steel Plant with an Australian firm as consultants. FMC or something like that.

If well implemented, one can have no objections; but to hear some holier-than-thou elements say that their religious leaders have declared that the whole world must turn vegetarian, is another form of permanent terrorism.Cultural terrorism.

This is not a make-in-India government. It can soon be a ban-in-Hindustan regime. It's simpler,easier to destroy something than to make anything.

Why not start with putrid vegetables and fruits? Clamp down on adulterated milk. Ensure that spices are not spiked. Why target meats only?

Ensure clean water, not with worms. Fresh air, not with carcinogenic particles. Then go after the non-vegetarian foods.

By the way, over 70% of the population claims to be non-veg!

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