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November 28, 2013

WB CM`s promise fulfilled, Bankura gets a University within a year

The West Bengal Assembly passed the Bankura University Bill, 2013, paving the way for setting up a new university aimed at reducing the burden of Burdwan University.

The new university will reduce the burden of Burdwan University by taking Bankura under its jurisdiction, thereby helping greater penetration of higher education among the backward classes of the district.

An amount of Rs 15 crore would be spent on setting up infrastructure for the new university and another Rs 5 crore for recurring annual expenditure.

This is the fourth university set up by the current government in the last two and a half years. The Government had already announced that in the next five years, it will establish 10 new universities across West Bengal. Following a proposal pushed by the Trinamool government, the Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, is being upgraded to a Central University.

A new state-aided university named Kazi Nazrul University is coming up at Asansol. Another new state-aided university (PBU) is being set up at Cooch Behar. A new private university `Techno India University will be set up with campus at Salt Lake and Joka, 24-Parganas (South). The government opened up the gates for private entities to set up universities in the state. The three new universities will provide ample opportunities for the young generation to avail management, engineering and professional education in the State, instead of migrating to other states.

The First All Women’s University in Eastern India is coming up at Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas. A grant of Rs 298 crore has been sanctioned for the development of Aliah University Campus at Rajarhat and Gorachand Road.

21 colleges in the district, which are currently under the Burdwan University will come under the newly formed Bankura university. That apart, the government will set up a new college and 10 new B.Ed colleges that will also come under the new university.