The RTMNU had blacklisted 250 colleges having not a single regular teacher including the 51 colleges for having less than 50 per cent students on the rolls. Subsequently, the RTMNU had banned admissions of students to First Year in these colleges six months ago.
Nagpur News: The Rastrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has provided a much sought and long awaited relief to 29 colleges out 51 blacklisted colleges by deleting their names from the list. The RTMNU move is based on a decision taken by Vidvat Parishad and the Higher Education has reportedly given its clearance to RTMNU in this connection.
It may be recalled, the RTMNU had blacklisted 250 colleges having not a single regular teacher including the 51 colleges for having less than 50 per cent students on the rolls six months ago. Subsequently, the RTMNU had banned admissions of students to First Year in these colleges. However, the college managements had submitted copies of Maharashtra Government’s Notification regarding less than 50 per cent students on the rolls. The Vidvat Parishad, too, had passed a proposal in this regard demanding deletion of names of colleges from the list of 250 colleges. However, the Vice-Chancellor had refused to follow the proposal of the Vidvat Parishad. But the Minister for Higher and Technical Education Raje Tope held a video-conference with the Vice Chancellor three days ago and asked him to adopt positive approach towards banned colleges. The Vice-Chancellor, following the request of the Minister, deleted the names of 29 colleges out of 51. Now, the RTMNU will submit an affidavit in the frame to the High Court.
However, the RTMNU has refused to delete names of 35 colleges out of 250 which have completed the formalities in accordance with the High Court directives. The names will be deleted only after the fresh High Court directives.
The academic circle and statutory body members are justifying the move of the RTMNU in deleting names of 29 colleges stating that the remaining colleges should also be removed from the list. The basis and grounds on which these colleges are removed from the list, as per Senate Member G.M. Bhandarkar, is that according to Maharashtra Government Resolution (GR) of October 25, there is no such condition of 50% enrollment against sanctioned capacity. Also the High Court had asked the university to take a decision on this issue within the right perspective.
Pro-VC RTMNU Mahesh Yenkie justified the move stating that the names were removed after receiving a letter from Joint Director of Higher Education Dilip Patil on November 7 as it was within the framework of the Act. “We have even filed an affidavit in the court in this regard. The letter mentioned that the GR of 2009 was never implemented in state but will come into effect from the next academic session,” he said.
Senate member Mahendra Nimbarte, while speaking to NagpurToday, came down heavily on Vice Chancellor Vilas Sapkal and blamed him for all this banned colleges crisis. He said Sapkal is responsible for the bad reputation the RTMNU is acquiring because of this issue. He is not ready to implement the statutory bodies’ decisions. The VC is taking personal decisions and not that of the relevant statutory bodies. He further added that Vice Chancellor Vilas Sapkal should on moral grounds take the responsibility for all the mess and resign from his post.
Baban Taywade, whose college in Koradi is also in the list of banned colleges, said that the ban is removed according to the Maharashtra Government directives and passing of resolution by Vidvat Parishad justifies the removal of these colleges from the list.
In the ongoing winter session in Nagpur, the issue of the affairs of the RTMNU will certainly rock the House. Will the Government provide any amicable solution on the various issues haunting the varsity is to be seen?.