May 23, 2011
Presidency to get Advisory Panel to revive its glory
The government will constitute an advisory committee to suggest ways to ensure academic excellence at Presidency University, Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu said today.
The move follows a clearance from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “We have decided to form a committee of academics to recommend good teachers as well as the syllabus for Presidency. We want the best teachers to join the institution. I have already taken the Chief Minister`s consent on the formation of the committee. She is quite concerned about Presidency`s future. The committee is likely to be formed by next week,” Basu said.
Noted academics and Presidency alumni, including Sugata Marjit, Sugata Basu and Partha Chatterjee, would be invited to be part of the committee. “We will encourage the participation of alumni, including scholars, in ensuring academic excellence and better functioning,” Basu said. Admissions to undergraduate courses in Presidency will begin soon.
“We would look into the apprehensions of political intervention. Our government wants to ensure academic and functional autonomy not only to Presidency but also to other universities and colleges”, Basu said.
On Saturday last, the minister had announced an advisory committee to review the entire higher education and suggest improvements. “I will meet the Vice-Chancellors of the state universities after getting feedback from the advisory committee,” the minister said.