The Maharashtra State government has sanctioned a full academic fee waiver for girls from families earning 8 lakh or less, as informed by the Minister of Higher and Technical Education of the State, Chandrakant Patil, during the Board of Vice-Chancellors meeting (JBVC). The amount will be reimbursed by the state.
This proposal aims to encourage universities to ensure that more girls are admitted to higher education courses across various fields. Vice-Chancellors are instructed to run various campaigns to promote this initiative.
Currently, there is a 50% academic waiver in the same category, which will now be increased to 100%.
Chandrakant Patil, who chaired the JBVC, appealed to students after inaugurating the building of the Post Graduation Department of Education to raise their questions. A student from Jamner Taluka requested that poor students should receive concessions such as food, affordable hostel accommodation, and reduced fees. In response, Patil stated that no female student would have to pay a higher education fee from June 2024. It was announced that this policy would apply to nearly 800 courses.
The Governor of Maharashtra also urged all universities to declare results on time. He said, “This is important to ensure that students do not miss out on their academic years or job opportunities due to delays in exam results.”
The Governor also instructed universities to increase their participation in the National Institutional Ranking Framework.”