The state cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of a technology university, Babasaheb Ambedkar Technology University (BATU), at Loner in Mangaon taluka of Raigad district.
The technology university will bring under its umbrella the engineering, pharmacy and architecture colleges in the state. However, individual colleges, both government and private, would have the choice to remain outside its ambit.
The Technological University has been set up to to bring streams such as engineering, architecture and pharmacy under one roof and also bring about uniformity in syllabus. As of now, there is no uniformity in the syllabus in colleges.
This proposal also faced opposition from cabinet members, who are running educational institutional. PWD minister Chaggan Bhujbal and agriculture minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil wanted the cabinet to amend the draft of the university and allow the colleges the option of affiliating themselves with the Technology University and not make the affiliation a mandatory one.
The university will have its divisional centres in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad, and sub-divisional centres at Kolhapur, Solapur, Amravati, Nanded and Jalgaon.
The university will become functional from 2014-15.The government will also introduce amendments to the Maharashtra Universities Act.
“States like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have such technology universities and the courses conducted under the university have a single syllabus, which are at par with other universities. The universities also have research facilities and tie-ups with the industry,” a minister said.