Here’s some good news for students seeking admission in the general courses of arts, commerce and science in Marahashtra. The state government has allowed 68 new colleges to start operations from 2009-10 session. Of these, Mumbai University has got the highest share with as many as 14 new institutions followed by Nagpur and Amravati universities at 13 and 11 colleges respectively. All the 68 new institutions will be operating on permanent no-grant basis.
According to sources in state’s higher education department, a majority of these colleges were run by societies of prominent politicians. Union aviation minister Praful Patel’s Gondia Education Society has received permission to open two colleges in Lakhandur and Paoni in Bhandara district. Similarly, former member of Parliament Naresh Pugalia’s society will be opening a new college at Mul in Chandrapur. Minister of state for home Nitin Raut also managed to get a college through his society at Godhni (Zingabai Takli) in the city. Sources added that sanctioning of these colleges was part of an agenda to clear as many institutes before the code of conduct for assembly elections came into force. They added that 50 more colleges are expected to join this list soon.
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