Expressing concern over falling quality of higher education in state, he said instead of expansion of education, colleges should try to maintain excellence.
Tope was speaking at a programme for felicitation of MLC Satish Chavan on his election as general secretary of Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, yesterday.
He blamed permanent non-grant colleges for lowering standard of education. He stressed that teaching and learning process should be changed and focus on self-learning and critical thinking rather than rote-learning.
"There is need for a recruitment board on the pattern of MPSC and UPSC for private institutions to check corruption and ensure entry of only competent and quality lecturers," the minister said.
Tope said the government was mulling amendment to the University Act on the basis of Bansal panel report on fixation of fees for unaided schools in the state.