The Governor asked the state government to make up its mind on the recommendations of the Dr Ram Takawale Committee which has submitted its report to it.
He also asked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to enact the new Maharashtra Public Universities Act that would replace the existing Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994, to strengthen the university system.
The chief minister should take steps for the establishment of a separate university for skill development and vocational training, Sankaranarayanan said at a meeting with Vice Chancellors of traditional universities in Maharashtra at Sahyadri state guest house here.
Pointing to the recent incidents of sexual violence against women, the Governor asked the Vice Chancellors to ensure that campuses of universities and colleges in Maharashtra provided a safe and supportive atmosphere for girl students, women teachers and staff.
He asked Vice Chancellors to make sure that every case of violence against women or inappropriate behaviour towards them was taken very seriously and dealt with according to the provisions of law.
Vice Chancellors should ensure that women grievance cells were active and functioning in colleges and universities, he said.
Voicing concern over delay in declaration of result of various university exams, the Governor directed the Vice Chancellors to declare all examination results within 30 days and latest within 45 days.
In this connection, he asked the universities to implement the recommendations of the Rajesh Agarwal Committee to bring about examination reforms and to avoid malpractices in the conduct of examination.
The chief minister said apart from setting up the university of vocational training and skill development as indicated by the Governor, the government was also thinking of creating new universities for 'Sports' and 'Engineering & Technology'.
Expressing serious concern over the quality of education, Chavan called for evolving a system of ranking of colleges and universities within the state to create a spirit of competition among colleges and universities.
Mentioning that the state government has formed a State Innovation Council under the chairmanship of eminent scientist Dr Raghunath A Mashelkar, he asked the universities to prepare their innovation reports and submit the same to the Governor on a periodic basis.
He announced sanctioning of Rs 2 crore as a matching contribution from state government to the amount of Rs 2 crore already pledged by Indian Merchants' Chamber to the University of Mumbai to institute a chair.
Minister of Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope, Minister of Medical Education Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit, Minister of Public Health Suresh Shetty, Ministers of State D P Sawant and Rajendra Mulak and senior government officials were present at the meeting.
Vice Chancellors and Pro Vice Chancellors of 15 universities were attended the meeting.