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March 20, 2019

Remarkable improvement in higher education sector in Bangla

Remarkable improvement in higher education sector in Bangla

The State’s Higher Education Sector has witnessed remarkable activities in the last eight years.


30 universities (20 State and 10 private) now in the State, as compared to 12 up to 2011
Eight more State-aided universities being set up

The eight are: Biswa Bangla University, Bolpur, Jhargram University, Jhargram, Rani Rashmoni Green University, Hooghly, Mahatma Gandhi University, Tamluk, Purba Medinipur, Darjeeling Hills University, Mungpoo, Darjeeling, Alipurduar University, Alipurduar, Dakshin Dinajpur University, Balurghat and Murshidabad University, Berhampore, Murshidabad

Another two State-aided universities announced by the chief minister, namely, Harichand Guruchand University, Bongaon, North 24 Parganas and Kanyashree University, Krishnanagar, Nadia


Total number of sponsored colleges is 450, government colleges is 57 and government engineering colleges is 8

Two government-sponsored colleges set up in Darjeeling district taking the
Government engineering college under construction in Alipurduar district

Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme

Poor and meritorious students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses getting benefit of this scholarship

Budget for the scholarship scheme increased to Rs 200 crore

Financial support extended to full-time non-NET scholars pursuing MPhil and PhD, and to Kanyashree beneficiaries (girls) pursuing higher studies

Enrolment in higher education

Enrolment in higher education institutions (HEI) rose from 13.24 lakh in FY 2011 to 20.36 lakh in FY 2018

Gross enrolment ratio in higher education rose from 12.4 in FY 2011 to 18.70 in FY 2018

Female gender ratio in higher education enrolment rose from 42% in FY 2011 to 47.3% in FY 2017