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Maharashtra : Education as Business

Maharashtra : Education as Business

A number of decisions taken by the Maharashtra government relating to higher, especially technical, education have no educational merit. They are intended only to swell the coffers of the privately-controlled educational institutions. The latest among these decisions is that to raise the so-called NRI quota in engineering colleges from 5 to 15 per cent.

‘Business of the government is  business’, candidly observed an American president many decades ago. Judging by the numerous actions of the Congress-NCP government since it came to power in Maharashtra, the business of the state government seems to have become education. This may be shocking but is not surprising considering that half a dozen ministers in the present government are educational overlords, each controlling several institutes of higher learning in the state. Many actions taken by the state government recently have no educational merit. They will not help either the students or their guardians but will directly help swell the coffers of privately controlled educational institutes.

The proposal of the Maharashtra government to increase the quota for the non-resident Indian students from 5 per cent to 15 per cent in engineering colleges was the latest of such decisions. The proposal was challenged in the high court and was nullified by it. But given the concern that the present government has shown for the financial well-being of the educational shops run all over the state by the political heavyweights, it remains to be seen how long the effect of the high court ruling will last.

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