Respect and support for teachers an integral part of Didi’s Govt

The Trinamool Congress Government, right since it came to power in Bangla in 2011, has been working tirelessly for the betterment of teachers. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has always ensured that the Government does its best for teachers.

Among other things, the Government introduced the Siksha Ratna Award for successful teachers in 2011. Mamata Banerjee herself gives away the awards every year.

Today, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, let us take a look at the various schemes and programmes that the State Government has instituted for teachers.

Recruitment: Over the seven years till May 2018, 50,426 primary teachers and 27,572 upper primary, secondary and higher secondary teachers recruited; post-recruitment training given to 7,56,912 teachers

Siksha Ratna: Started in 2011, right after coming to power, to honour successful teachers from Bangla

Swasthya Sathi: From 2017, all teachers – permanent (full-time), temporary, contractual full-time and para-teachers – brought under the Swasthya Sathi group health insurance scheme

Retirement age: From January 2017, retirement age of college and university teachers increased from 60 to 62

Child-related leave: Fully paid cumulative leave periods for all teachers – school, college and university – 180 days’ maternity leave, 45 days’ paternity-cum-child care leave, 42 days’ (6 weeks) leave in case of miscarriage or abortion, 730 days of child care leave for female teachers for entire period of service and 135 days’ child adoption leave for female teachers

LTC: Leave travel concession (LTC) introduced for college and university teachers

Teacher status for librarians: Status of teacher for librarians, deputy librarians and assistant librarians in all government colleges

Career advancement: Paid study leaves for temporary and contractual government college teachers for studying for PhD; 300 days’ paid study leave and other career assistance for graduate laboratory assistants and laboratory assistants

Student guides: Approval of introduction of UGC Regulations 2016 wherein professors can act as guides for MPhil and PhD candidates

West Bengal University and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Act, 2017: A host of regulations – composition of management committees of government colleges, provident fund for teaching and non-teaching staff paid by State Government, better transfer facilities for government universities, increasing the quality of education

E-learning: E-learning space created in every State-funded higher education institution where free Wi-Fi/internet facility has been made available for both teachers and students during working hours


Bengal Govt introduces e-pension system for teachers, non-teaching staff

The Bengal Government has introduced an online system of pension, or e-pension, for the teaching and non-teaching staff of grant-in-aid colleges falling under the administrative control of the Higher Education, Science and Technology and Biotechnology Department.

The Higher Education minister Partha Chatterjee inaugurated the e-pension website at Bikash Bhawan on March 27. The portal will serve around 17,000 regular employees of the colleges.

The objectives of launching the portal are to provide an early alert to start the pension process by preparing employees’ profiles from the beginning of their services, receive an alert for profile-related changes, track pension status and maintain the pension processing time. The portal will also help the teachers and non-teaching staff to prepare e-service books in the future and enhance employee-level transparency.


শিক্ষক ও অশিক্ষক কর্মীদের জন্য চালু হল ই-পেনশন

গত ২৭শে মার্চ রাজ্যের উচ্চশিক্ষা মন্ত্রী বিকাশ ভবনে উদ্বোধন করেন ই-পেনশন ওয়েবসাইটের। এই ওয়েবসাইটের মাধ্যমে সরকারি ও অনুদানপ্রাপ্ত সমস্ত কলেজের শিক্ষক ও অশিক্ষক কর্মীদের পেনশন পাবেন। এই কলেজগুলি উচ্চ শিক্ষা, বিজ্ঞান ও প্রযুক্তি এবং বায়োটেকনোলজি দপ্তরের অধীনস্থ।

এই পোর্টালটি তৈরী ও রক্ষণাবেক্ষণ দায়িত্বে ন্যাশানাল ইনফরমেটিক্স সেন্টার। এই পোর্টালের মাধ্যমে ১৭০০০ রেগুলার কলেজ কর্মচারী উপকৃত হবেন।

এই পোর্টালের উদ্দেশ্য অবসরের আগে থেকেই কর্মচারীদের পেনশন প্রক্রিয়া শুরু করার ব্যাপারে সচেতন করা। এর ফলে শিক্ষক ও অশিক্ষক কর্মীরা ভবিষ্যতের জন্য ই-সার্ভিস বুক তৈরী করতে পারবেন। আর বাড়বে স্বচ্ছতাও।


Bengal Govt to give away Siksha Ratna awards today

With the inspiration of Mamata Banerjee, the Hon. Chief Minister of Bengal, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, successful teachers will be conferred with Siksha Ratna awards.

The top school will be honoured with the ‘Best School 2016’ award.

Education Minister Partha Chatterjee will be present at the event to be held at Nazrul Mancha at 1 PM.

After coming to power in 2011, Mamata Banerjee started the tradition of honouring teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.

It may be mentioned that in the last five years, 46 new colleges, 15 new universities have been set up by the Bengal government. Around 3 lakh seats have been created in higher education. 2500 primary and 3500 middle schools have been set up and 1815 high schools have been developed.


আজ ‘শিক্ষা রত্ন’ সম্মাননা দিল রাজ্য সরকার

মাননীয়া মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের অনুপ্রেরণায় শিক্ষক দিবস উপলক্ষে আজ কৃতি শিক্ষক শিক্ষিকাদের ‘শিক্ষা রত্ন’ সম্মাননা দেওয়া হল।

শীর্ষস্থানে থাকা স্কুলগুলিকে ‘সেরা বিদ্যালয় ২০১৬’ সম্মাননা দেওয়া হল।

আজ নজরুল মঞ্চে দুপুর ১টায় এই অনুষ্ঠান অনুষ্ঠিত হয়। শিক্ষামন্ত্রী পার্থ চট্টোপাধ্যায় এই অনুষ্ঠানে উপস্থিত ছিলেন।

২০১১ সালে ক্ষমতায় আসার পর থেকেই শিক্ষক দিবসে শিক্ষকদের পুরস্কৃত করার প্রক্রিয়া চালু করেন মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় ।

উল্লেখ্য, গত পাঁচ বছরে রাজ্য সরকার ৪৬ টি নতুন কলেজ, ১৫টি নতুন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় তৈরি করেছে। উচ্চ শিক্ষার ক্ষেত্রে ৩ লক্ষ আসন সংখ্যা বৃদ্ধি করা হয়েছে। এছাড়া, ২৫০০টি প্রাইমারি, ৩৫০০টি মিডিয়াম স্কুল স্থাপন করা হয়েছে এবং ১৮১৫টি উচ্চমাধ্যমিক স্কুল উন্নীত করা হয়েছে।


Teachers and students will take Bengal forward: WB CM at Shiksha Ratna ceremony

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that teachers, students and youths will steer Bengal on the path of progress in future.

She was speaking at the Shaiksha Ratna award ceremony where felicitated one hundred teachers from across the state and awarded 42 schools.

The government launched the Shiksha Ratna awards for school teachers in 2013.

Speaking on the occasion, WB CM said, “Mothers give birth. Teachers instill values and education. Teachers take lessons from the past, educate the present and shape the future.”

She reiterated that her government was committed to developing Bengal as an educational hub. “14 new universities and 45 new colleges have been set up in Bengal in the last four years. 67 model schools have been set up, several schools upgraded,” she said.

“We started Kanyashree scheme for empowerment of girls. 27 girls have been registered. We are proud of them,” WB CM added.

Highlighting that Bengal has 100% coverage of mid-day meals in schools, she said, “Till 2011 there were only 1300 medical seats in Bengal. We added 1400 new seats in four years.”

The Chief Minister also talked about the success of Bengal in Nirmal Bharat scheme and Swachh Vidyalaya initiative.

Mamata Banerjee had earlier tweeted:

WB CM declares child-care leave for teachers

West Bengal Chief minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Friday declared that women teachers of government-aided schools and colleges and women staffers in state government undertakings will now get two years of child care leave. But the child has to be under 18 and the leave can be taken in phases.

In 2012, the Trinamool government had announced the child-care leave facility for state government employees and now the employees of the undertakings and aided schools and colleges will also get the advantage. The CM added it will help more than 1 lakh women employees.

Women in governmentbacked schools and other state-aided undertakings will now be able to maintain their family and be productive at work simultaneously .

Quality of education in Bengal has increased: Partha Chatterjee

A budget of Rs 2688.20 crore was passed in the West Bengal Assembly for the state’s Higher Education department today.

Moving the budget proposal, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said in the last two years, 65 colleges from the state have got ‘A’ or ‘B’ gradation from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which showed that quality of education in the state has increased.

To fill up vacant posts in different state-run and aided colleges, recommendation for appointment of more than 1700 teachers have been made, he said.

The minister, however, added that all the recruitments would be made in accordance with UGC norms and that quality would not be compromised.

Chatterjee criticised the opposition members saying that it was not seeing the positives just for the sake of politics.

“They are displaying a lack of positive and constructive attitude,” he said.

WB CM writes to HRD Minister on appointment of teachers

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has written to HRD Minister, to consider appointment of untrained teachers for a while as West Bengal is continuing to face severe shortage of teachers in its schools. The Centre has exempted other states regarding the same matter but has not made similar reliefs for Bengal.

The Union Ministry has put an embargo on the appointment of untrained teachers from last month. As per the Centre’s rule teachers without training beyond 31 March, 2014 will not be considered for appointments. As per this rule, teachers teaching from Class 8 are required to be trained.

Recruitment of teachers through School Service Commission did not take place last year due to the General Elections as the Court had ordered not to hold examinations scheduled on 29 and 30 March, 2014.

Due to this lag, the State is facing a crisis hence the Chief Minister has requested the Union Minister to extend the deadline so that the same can be dealt with.

The Chief Minister has informed the HRD Minister that the State Government intends to train the para-teachers and secondary teachers with Diploma in Elementary Education in the future. In this regard, the Government has also written to National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) with the same proposal. The Chief Minister has requested HRD Minister to look into the matter and take immediate steps so that this problem can be dealt with at the earliest.