Maharashtra government had declared to form a separate technical university for engineering and technical education. The proposal is still on paper and an expert panel is formed to address problem of large seats going vacant in engineering colleges and also for the formation of single technical university with sub-centres in different areas.
In January the Maharashtra cabinet decided to set up a new technical sciences university that would start operations from 2014-2015 session. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technical Sciences University (BATU) was to have its headquarters at Lonere in Raigad district. The government has also reserved four sub centres at Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad and also sanctioned Rs 15 crore for development of existing infrastructure.
It was also decided to establish sub divisional centres in Amravati, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Solapur and Nanded and also there would be option of affiliating themselves with the university. The cabinet had also proposed that all courses coming under the jurisdiction of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) which includes engineering, pharmacy, architecture and hotel management would come under its control