In Maharashtra, 1,499 additional college locations have been granted approval for the next five years, while the Maharashtra State Commission for Higher Education and Development (MAHED) has accepted the state’s five-year (2024-29) perspective plan for non-agricultural institutions.
Following the submission of proposals from all non-agricultural universities across the state, a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde revealed that there were a total of 1,537 suggested locations in the five-year plan for 2024-29. During the meeting on Wednesday, 1,499 venues were identified and approved. Proposals for educational institutions wishing to establish themselves in those regions will now be considered.
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Assembly Opposition Leader Vijay Wadettiwar, Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil, Medical Education Minister Hasan Mushrif, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Mangalprabhat Lodha, and senior education department officials attended the meeting at the Sahyadri Guest House.
The meeting also directed that action be taken against colleges that have not yet begun the process of obtaining National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) ratings in accordance with the provisions of the Act. The state’s higher and technical education department issued an ultimatum to colleges earlier this year to obtain authorised.