Pune: State Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Monday assured that the ban on teachers’ appointments would be lifted soon. “The Rural Development Department has recently given details of teachers’ vacancies in schools. Therefore, we will soon seek approval from the State Finance Department to start filling those vacant posts. The second phase of PAVITRA portal is likely to start in 15 days. During phase one procedure, only document verifications will be held. Also, within a week, government will get the data of all vacant posts in schools from all departments,” said Tawde.
He was in the city to attend the third convocation ceremony of Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce (SCAC) on Monday.
Tawde was present as chief guest at SCAC, in presence of Nitin Karmalkar, Vice Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), SB Mujumdar, founder and president of Symbiosis Society, Vidya Yerawdekar, Principal Director, Symbiosis Society, Principal Hrishikesh Soman, Vice-Principal Sunayini Parchure, Controller of Examinations Marcelle Samuel from SCAC and other dignitaries from SPPU.
Heavily criticising the statement by National Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar on closure of 1,300 schools in Maharashtra, Tawde said if a learned person like Pawar made such statements, it reflects the political strategy ahead of the Lok Sabha elections of 2019.
Tawde said Shahu-Phule-Ambedkar had a vision to impart quality education to students from Bahujan Samaj. “I don’t feel it appropriate to comment on those eying the votes of Bahujan Samaj ahead of the elections and playing the ‘changing the turban’ politics,” he said while talking with the media.
Commenting on the chaos at Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES), Tawde said, “The professors of STES have approached the High Court. Therefore, the State government cannot interfere in the procedure of the court. On the state-level front, we are trying to do whatever is possible.”
Tawde also said the decision on Fee Regulation Act (FRA) is in the final stages and it is likely to be presented in the monsoon session starting from July 4 in Nagpur.
A total of 476 undergraduate students were conferred degrees across both arts and commerce faculties. The students in the arts faculty specialised in Economics, English and Psychology, while those in commerce in Banking, Costing, Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
Ananya Dutta stood first in arts faculty and Simran Chhabra first in commerce faculty.
“Education gives us dignity through which we can participate in the economic development of the country and contribute in elevating the stature of the nation. India with a population of 1.3 billion people faces a challenge when it comes to job opportunities. Therefore, we need to build an environment which creates job givers and not only job seekers,” said Karmalkar. Mujumdar proposed that disciplines like humanities, engineering and sciences should blend with each other.