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Education Minister of Maharashtra


Who is the Education Minister of Maharashtra?

Deepak Vasant Kesarkar is the new education minister of Maharashtra. The cabinet was set up after a long-standing political crisis in Maharashtra. He is a member of the 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and holds the Ministries of Marathi Language, Environment and Climate Change, along with the education ministry. He represents the assembly seat of the Sawantwadi Constituency. He is associated with Shivsena, a major political party in Maharashtra. 

Education Minster of Maharashtra

Education Minister of Maharashtra: Background Information

Personal Details

Full Name 

Deepak Vasant Kesarkar

Born Date

18 July 1955


64 years

Place of Birth 




Political Party 

Shiv Sena

Father's Name 

Vasant Kesarkar

Mother's Name



Pallavi Kesarkar









Other Political Affiliations



House No 307-B, Vaishyawada, Shivramraje Road, Sawantwadi, Maharashtra- 416012



Political Career of Education Minister of Maharashtra

Deepak Kesarkar was born on July 18, 1955 to Vasant Kesarkar in Sawantwadi, Maharashtra. He has had a very vibrant political career since 2009 when he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (1 term). Later, in 2014, he was re-elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (2nd term) and given the charge of Minister of State for Finance, Rural Development in the Maharashtra State Government. He was also the guardian minister of the Sindhudurg district in 2014. Subsequently, in 2016, he was the minister of State for Home (Rural), Finance, and Planning in the Maharashtra State Government.  He was also elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 2019.

Vision of Education Minister of Maharashtra Ahead

The vision the education minister shared for Konkan has a prime focus on farmers, fisheries, tourism, education, and industry while keeping the rich heritage of Konkan intact. He talked about the need and support from all the stakeholders, which includes the people of the region, for the development of Konkan. He also talks about the active participation of the young in promoting tourism and the agro-industry. His vision is clear, achieving developmental goals while protecting and preserving our environment. 

Maharashtra Ministers List

The following is a complete Maharashtra Minister list of portfolios assigned to ministers in the Maharashtra cabinet-

Cabinet ministers with portfolios include-

  1. Eknath Shinde- General Administration, Information Technology, Information, and Public Relations, Urban Development, Public Works (Including Public Undertakings), Transport, Marketing, Social Justice, Special Assistance, Relief and Rehabilitation, Disaster Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Environment and climate change, Minority Development and Aukaf, Other departments not allocated to any Minister, Ex. Servicemen Welfare, Majority Welfare Development, Earthquake Rehabilitation, Khar land Development"
  2. Devendra Fadnavis- Home Affairs, Finance, Planning Law and Judiciary, Water Resources, Command Area Development, Housing Energy, Protocol, Deputy Chief Minister, Law, and Judiciary, Energy, New and Renewable Energy, Home Affairs, Finance, Planning, Water Resources, Command Area Development, Housing, Protocol
  3. Sudhir Mungantiwar- Forests Department
  4. Shambhuraj Desai- State Excise
  5. Ravindra Chavan- Public Works (Excluding Public Undertakings)
  6. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil- Revenue
  7. Uday Sawant Tanaji- Industries
  8. Dada Bhuse- Mining Department
  9. Deepak Kesarkar- Marathi Language, ministry of education
  10. Chandrakant Dada Patil- Parliamentary Affairs, Higher and Technical Education, Higher Education and Technical Education, Textiles.
  11. Mangal Prabhat Lodha- Woman and Child Development, Tourism
  12. Gulabro Patil- Water Supply
  13. Ravindra Chavan- Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer
  14. Vijaykumar Gavit- Tribal Development
  15. Sudhir Mungantiwar- Cultural Affairs, Forests Department, Cultural Affairs, Fisheries Department
  16. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil- RevenueAnimal Husbandry, Dairy Development
  17. Chandrakant Patil- Higher Education and Technical Education, Textiles, Parliamentary Affairs.
  18. Dr.Vijaykumar Gavit- Tribal Development
  19. Girish Mahajan- Rural Development, Medical Education, sports and Youth Welfare
  20. Gulab Raghunath Patil- Water Supply Sanitation
  21. Dadaji Bhuse- Ports Development, Mining Department.
  22. Sanjay Rathod- Food and Drug Administration
  23. Suresh Khade- Labour
  24. Sandipanrao Bhumre- Employment Guarantee, Horticulture
  25. Uday Samant- Industries.
  26. Tanaji Sawant- Public Health and Family Welfare
  27. Ravindra Chavan- Public Works (excluding Public Undertakings), Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs
  28. Mangal Lodha- Agriculture

Education in Maharashtra

It is the third-largest state in terms of land area, with a massive population of over 12 crore. Hence, it becomes important to ensure that the population is educated and contributes to the economy. Now, with a high literacy rate of 82.3 percent, the goal is to promote quality education. In Maharashtra, just like in any other state, schools are run by the state government, private organizations, and religious institutions. 

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School education in Maharashtra

Primary education is mandatory and must be provided as per state law. School education in Maharashtra had a major setback during the pandemic, and the students have faced issues due to the lack of facilities. As per Government of India Guidelines, the Mid-day Meal Scheme  has been a great enabler in increasing the number of students attending school, which was extended by Govt. of Maharashtra to cover children in upper primary (VI-VIII) since 1st January 2008. The government is also in the process of closing down schools with fewer than 20 students. The government has been working towards implementing the NEP 2020. Maharashtra secured a 1+ grade in the performance grading index (PGI) report released by the Union department of school education and literacy.

Higher Education in Maharashtra

The government of Maharashtra has been working towards enabling higher education by awarding scholarships to students from minority and economically backward backgrounds. The government has also announced scholarships for students who lost parents during the pandemic. The gross enrollment ratio (GER) is higher than the national average in Maharashtra, but the concentration is limited to a few areas.

The Future of Education in Maharashtra

There is no doubt that the possibilities of obtaining an education in Maharashtra are quite promising because it has the required infrastructure and setup for prospective students.

Universities in Maharashtra

The following are some of the universities found in Maharashtra-

Top MBA/PGDM Colleges in Maharashtra

  1. National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
  2. Symbiosis Institute of Business Management [SIBM], Pune
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai

Top Engineering Colleges in Maharashtra 

  1. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
  2. Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai
  3. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur

Top LAW Colleges in Maharashtra

  1. Government Law College (GLC), Mumbai
  2. ILS Law College, Pune
  3. Symbiosis Law School [SLS], Pune

Top Medical Colleges in Maharashtra

  1. Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune
  2. Grant Medical College (GMC), Mumbai
  3. Grant Medical College (GMC), Mumbai

Top Commerce Colleges in Maharashtra

  1. RA Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
  2. KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai
  3. St Xaviers College - Mumbai

Top ARTS Colleges in Maharashtra

  1. St Xaviers College - Mumbai
  2. Fergusson College, Pune
  3. Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, Mumbai

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the education minister of Maharashtra?

Deepak Vasant Kesarkar

Who was the first education minister of Maharashtra?

Balashaeb Desai was the first education minister of Maharashtra. He was a social worker turned politician who held important offices like education minister and home minister in the initial phases of the Maharashtra government in the 1960s.

What is the literacy rate in Maharashtra?

Maharashtra has a high literacy rate of 82.3 percent. Maharashtra has also made great progress in school and higher education in recent years.

What is the qualification of the education minister of Maharashtra?

The education minister of Maharashtra, Deepak Vasant Kesarkar, is a graduate. He has been working towards making education in Maharashtra better.

Who is the CM of Maharashtra?

Eknath Shinde is the CM of Maharashtra. He belongs to the Shiv Sena political party. He became the CM after forming an alliance with the BJP and dethroning Uddhav Thakeray.

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