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.

Budget for Education has been slashed by 16.5% : Saugata Roy | Transcript

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Today the All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation, AIFUCTO, is holding a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to protest against the Government’s step motherly attitude towards college and university professors long pending demands and to highlight their career problems.

Due to inordinate delay of Minister of Human Resource Development’s concurrence, the University Grants Commission decision for the notification regarding modification in UGC Regulations passed by 497th Commission Meeting held on 10 January 2014 i.e. pending for a year, benefits of career advancement scheme are not being given.

Besides this, there is a drastic reduction in budgetary allocations for HRD. This year the budget for education has been slashed by 16.5%. The Government is not considering their demand, to constitute a Pay Revision Committee as the college and university teachers are not covered by the Central Pay Commission.

The Government is not ready to hear their demands or give them an appointment to meet the Human Resource Development Minister.
We urge the Government to immediately call the Federation, the only All India Organisation of College and University Teachers for a discussion and take immediate steps to give the necessary concurrences set by UGC to MHRD. Otherwise, the College and University teachers may go on an indefinite strike.

Thank you.