50% discount on equipment to educationalinstitutions, if they use solar energy
Maharashtra’s Energy Minister and Nagpur’s Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule inaugurated two-day convention of Principal Forum
“Solar will be our new source of energy in coming era. Its importance is increasing. Considering the various aspects of solar energy, the educational institutions in State should come forward in that area. State Government is very positive about increasing use of solar energy. To promote use of solar energy in educational institutions Government will give 50 per cent discount on solar equipment to those institutions which are using solar energy,” declared Maharashtra’s Energy Minister and Nagpur’s Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule while inaugurating convention of Principal Forum held at Dhanwate National College on Sunday.
The convention is jointly organised by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Principal Forum and Dhanwate National College. Adv Arunkumar Shelke, President of Shivaji Education Society presided over the function. Sunil Kedar, MLA; Dr Dhanraj Mane, Higher Education Director; Dr Subhash Brahmbhat, President of National Principal Forum; Dr Rajan Welukar, ex-VC of Mumbai university, Mahadev Bhuibhar, Haribhau Thakare, Nareshchandra Thakare, Dr V G Thakre, Arun Sangole, V R Patil, Nandkumar Nikam, Dr Baban Taywade, Principal of Dhanwate National College; Dr Anjali Rahatgaonkar, Joint Director of Higher Education, Nagpur region, Secretary Dr Tale were present.
Bawankule said, “If more and more colleges start using solar energy then 80% electricity can be saved. This will result in taking our state ahead. I appeal colleges to send proposals.”
Bawankule pointed out that the this convention should give a deeper thought over educational system which is the need of hour. He said, “Various problems arise at Government level in education sector. It affects policies in larger sense. This convention should think over whether joint efforts can be made by Principal and Teachers organisation so that policy can be made more comprehensive.”
Dr Subhash Brahmabhat said, “The budgetary provision being made on education is very less. It has paving way to privatisation of education sector. When we point out the education being imparted in other countries we forget how
the respective Government there look at the education. Political leaders should press Government for increasing budgetary provision in education.”
Adv Shelke held Government responsible for the degradation in quality of education. Dr Jagannath Patil, Advisor of Western Region of National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) put a very valid point during his power point presentation. He said, “Now onwards the database of colleges will be available on-line. The students’ participation will be there during the valuation of university and colleges. About 80 per cent part of the present curriculum need to be changed as it is creating unemployable youths.”
Earlier a video film wherein Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar delivering message was shown.
Dr Baban Taywade gave introductory speech. Dr Komal Thakre compered the programme and Dr Tale proposed a vote of thanks. Earlier the souvenir was released.