Savitribai Phule Pune University

The renaming of University of Pune as `Savitribai Phule Pune University' has come into force after the governor and chancellor of state universities, K Sankaranarayanan, signed an ordinance to this effect on July 31. “A formal renaming ceremony will be held at the university campus at 3pm on August 9 in the presence of governor, chief minister and senior members of state cabinet,” vice-chancellor Wasudeo N Gade told reporters. “Technically speaking, the name change stands effected from the moment the governor signs the ordinance. However, we have to announce it at a formal ceremony. The university will also write to all those institutions with whom we have a tie-up, to take note of the change in the name and incorporate it in their future activity,” he said.
On July 7, the state cabinet, headed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, had cleared the higher and technical education department’s proposal of renaming the university after social reformer Savitribai Phule.
Post-cabinet decision, the government had the option of either bringing an ordinance to effect the change or table a bill in the state legislature to amend the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994 to reflect the name change in the schedule relating to the state universities. The option of a legislative bill seemed non feasible as the state is due for assembly elections soon. The government preferred the ordinance route.
Gade conceded that the ordinance will have to be ratified over the next six months by the newly elected state assembly.
The multi-member senate of the university had unanimously passed a resolution on October 26, 2013 to forward a recommendation to the state government for renaming the university. Later, the university’s management council also passed a resolution favouring the senate decision.
The council then made a recommendation for name change to the higher and technical education department.

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