Maharashtra’s education department wants to create ‘online’ university, forms panel says


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

The committee was tasked with studying the provisions of the National Education Policy 2020 as well as the structure of online universities set up in countries abroad, and to propose a framework for the establishment of a such online university in Maharashtra.

The committee was asked to study whether any Indian states have established state-run online universities and its structure. He was also tasked with studying all aspects of setting up an online university, including the curriculum, course delivery, study materials, teaching staff and their degrees as well as the necessary training, study centers and their structures, human resources, infrastructure, exams and exam results, courses offered at online universities compared to traditional universities and even their distance education programs, duration of courses and fee 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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