Mah Govt decides to add 1,600 new divisions to degree colleges

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Mumbai, Jul 8 (UNI) With a view to accommodate all the students who have passed the SSC exam into the 11th standard, the Maharashtra government today decided to add 1,600 new divisions of arts, science and commerce to the conventional degree colleges all over the State.

A decision to this effect was taken at a special meeting called by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh at his official residence 'Varhsa' this evening. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, Education Minister Vasant Purkhe, his deputy Suresh Shetty and senior officials of the education department.

The Chief Minister also directed the department to implement the 70:30 ratio across the State. The government in 2003 had resolved to give admissions to students in a college of the district on a priority basis, whereby 70 per cent of local students should get admission within the district.

This Government Resolution (GR) had generated heated reactions from some quarters in Mumbai. But the GR was found to be correct by the Chief Minister.


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