Maharashtra Department of Education wants to create ‘online’ university, forms panel

The Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on education especially with the e-learning process has prompted the Department of Higher and Technical Education in Maharashtra to start thinking about establishing a university” online” at the state level. The department made its intention clear through a government resolution issued on Thursday, in which it set up a committee under the chairmanship of former Savitribai Phule Pune University Vice-Chancellor Dr. RK Shegaonkar.

The committee was instructed to study the provisions of the National Education Policy 2020 as well as the structure of online universities established in foreign countries, and to propose a framework for the establishment of such an online university in Maharashtra.

The committee was asked to investigate whether any Indian states have set up similar state-run online universities and its structure. He was also tasked with studying all aspects of setting up an online university, including curriculum, delivery of lectures, study materials, teaching staff and their credentials as well as necessary training, study centers and their structures, human resources, infrastructure, examinations and examination results, courses offered in online universities compared to traditional universities and even their distance learning programs, duration of prices and pricing structures, among others.

The committee has been given six months to submit its final recommendations, after which a new decision will be made.

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