Higher and Technical Education
Educational institutions in the state can establish cluster universities Nod for the guidelines
The state cabinet today gave its nod for the guidelines enabling educational institutions in the state for setting up cluster universities. Chief minister Eknath Shinde chaired the cabinet meeting. The decision would lead reducing the pressure on universities in addition to creating a strong network of educational institutions creating more opportunities for the students. The Governor in his capacity as the Chancellor would appoint the vice-chancellors on these public universities.
The National campaign for higher education has encouraged converting good educational institutions in to cluster universities. Accordingly, there are 3 cluster universities in the state including Dr Homi Bhabha state university, Mumbai, Hyderabad Sindh National Collegiate University Mumbai and Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil University, Satara.
The leading college interested to become cluster university needs to be a college with high quality standards along with necessary infrastructure, trained professors and other teaching staff and needs to be capable of coordinating with respect to cluster university. The cluster university formation would require amalgamation of minimum 2 and maximum 5 aided or unaided colleges. The colleges barring agricultural colleges and medical colleges all other traditional colleges or colleges imparting vocational education could be included in cluster university. The state government would evaluate in case of amalgamation of more than five colleges or institutions.
The lead college of the cluster university needs to be working for las 20 years with registration of a least two thousand students. The participating colleges in the cluster university need to have at least another two thousand students in addition to the two thousand students of the leading college. The amalgamated colleges need to have total constructed area od 15 thousand square meters along with four hectares of land at the divisional head quarter in addition to six hectares of land at other places in the state.
The main or leading college of the cluster university needs to have autonomous status at least for the last five years or it needs to have 3.25 CGPA ranking of NAAC or equivalent NBA points or having 50 per cent of the courses NBA recognised. There are a few other aspects mentioned in the guidelines for the cluster universities. For smooth functioning of the cluster universities, 7 posts would be created in addition to the post of the vice-chancellor and registrar and the state government would give an amount of Rs. 1 crore to university for the first five years.
Presentation of the report of the state economic advisory council
341 recommendations for making state economy worth $1 Trillion
The report of the state economic council was presented before the state cabinet. MITRA chief executive officer Praveen Pardeshi made this presentation which has 341 recommendations to achieve the target of making state economy worth $ 1 Trillion.
The recommendations include achieving 17 per cent of state GDP, accelerating the Fab and electric vehicles manufacturing to achieve 18 per cent growth, increasing agricultural growth rate to 13 per cent, availing additional funding from NABARD and other institutions to complete the irrigation projects with speed, completing 75 irrigation projects which have more than 40 per cent work completed, undertaking economic development and infra activity in a big way in Mumbai and MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan region) areas, creating 15 million jobs in skill development field by 2028 as well as developing health, tourism and energy sectors by bringing about necessary important changes, effecting balanced growth of districts by concentrating on 27 Talukas of 15 districts, strengthening farmer producer companies and increasing cold storages.
Water Resources department
Nod for Sattar Savanga Barrage at Mangrulpeer
1345 hectares of area to come under irrigation
The state cabinet meeting gave its nod for the administrative expenditure of Rs. 173.09 crores for the work of Sattar Savanga barrage in MangrulPeer Taluka of Washim district. The meeting was chaired by the chief minister Eknath Shinde. The decision would bring about irrigation on 1345 hectares of land spread over 6 villages including Sattar Savanga, Dhamani, Khadi, Pimpalshenda, Ekamba and AamGavan.
The barrage would be built on Adan River in Painganga sub-basin or Godavari basin which is part of Vidarbha irrigation development board. It would help remove backlog of irrigation in this region. The canals would be provided and the beneficiaries would lift water by spending for the same.
Department of agriculture
The advance disbursal under Pradhan Mantri crop insurance scheme started, Rs. 965 distributed to farmers so far
The disbursal of advance amount under Pradhan Mantri crop insurance scheme is going on with speed and so far, 47.63 lakh applications have been sanctioned for disbursal of Rs. 1954 crore. He presentation made by agriculture department today informed the state cabinet that out of this amount, Rs. 965 crores have been disbursed to the eligible farmers and the remaining disbursal is in the process.
The notification was issued for 24 districts about the crop damage due to adverse situation in Kharif season and there are no objections from the insurance companies about notification of 12 districts. The hearings are going on in 9 districts including Beed, Buldhana, Washim, Nandurbar, Dhule, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune and Amravati out of which hearing of appeals barring Pune and Amravati is completed.
There are registrations of 1.70 crore and 67 thousand applicants under Pradhan Manri crop insurance scheme where the state government has provided crop insurance in just Re.1. The first instalment of premium worth Rs. Rs. 3050.19 crore has been paid.
Rainfall and sowing
The state has received rainfall of 86 per cent (928.8 mm) of the average and planning of Rabbi sowing on 58.76 lakh hectares is there with completion of 28 per cent sowing so far. The sowing is slow this year due to less moisture in the soil. Last year during his time, there was sowing on around 13.50 lakh hectares while this year it is 15 lakh 11 hectares. Jowar is the major crop in Rabbi season with an area of 17.53 lakh hectares and 45 per cent of the average Jowar sowing is complete so far.
The sowing of Gram this year is 5.64 hectares which is 26 per cent of the average since Gram area is 21.52 lakh in the state.
Rural development department
The funding for village Panchayat works increased
Extension to Balasaheb Thackeray memorial Matoshree village Panchayat scheme
The state Cabinet today took a decision to give extension to Balasaheb Thackeray memorial Matoshree village Panchayat scheme and raise the funding for village panchayat building works in state. Chief minister Eknath Shinde chaired the meeting. Now, this scheme would be run till year 2027-28.
The village Panchayats with less than population of 2000 and having no separate building would be provided with Rs. 20 lakhs instead of Rs. 15 lakhs and village panchayats with more than 2000 population would be provided Rs. 25 lakhs instead of Rs. 18 lakhs as grant. The precondition of Swanidhi or village Panchayat fund has been done away with.
The village Panchayats would be provided additional funds if necessary for the construction through Centre-state schemes, finance commission, district rural development funds or from the local area development funds of the legislators be it state level or MPs. The 4252 village Panchayats which did not have their own building were given permission to build their buildings under Balasaheb Thackeray memorial Matoshree village Panchayat scheme for four years between 2018-19 and 2022-23 and accordingly, administrative sanction was given for building their own office to 1748 village Panchayats which is going on and so far, Rs. 3813.50 lakh have been spent on the same.