State Govt to start five more universities

The Bengal Government has decided to open five more universities, taking the total number of universities in the State to 28.

One university is going to be set up in the district of Purba Medinipur. The other four universities will be Jalpaiguri University, Alipurduar University, South Dinajpur University and Murshidabad University.

This was announced by the Education Minister recently. It has also been decided that the proposed university in Purba Medinipur district will be named after Mahatma Gandhi.

There are universities in the State named after Kazi Nazrul Islam and Iswarchandra Vidyasagar. Now, the state is going to get a university named after Mahatma Gandhi. This shows the liberal and secular face of the Trinamool Congress Government.

The Bengal Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken up several steps in the past seven years for the development of infrastructure for higher education.

With the steps to set up four more universities in the northern districts, the students from those regions will be benefitted as well. They will no longer have to travel all the way to Kolkata or some other place for pursuing higher education.

Source: Millennium Post


Three universities to be set up in Bengal

Three Bills were passed this week in the Bengal Assembly for the creation of three universities – The West Bengal Green University Bill, The Purba Medinipur University Bill and The Jhargram University Bill. All three universities would be State Government-funded.

West Bengal Green University would be set up in Hooghly district. It would be a centre of excellence for studies and research in subjects related to environment, surface management, bio-diversity, etc. Both graduate and postgraduate courses would be conducted here. The courses would be job-oriented. All types of pollution – land, water, surface and noise – would be studied here. This would be the first state university here.

The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress Government has taken several steps for facilitating the holistic development of the education sector. Seventeen universities have already been set up over the last six years, five more are in process, as a result of which many more students have been able to go for higher education.


Source: Millennium Post



বাংলা পাবে আরও তিনটি নতুন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়

পশ্চিমবঙ্গ বিধানসভায় পাস হল রাজ্যে তিনটি নতুন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় গড়ার জন্য প্ৰয়োজনীয় বিল। এই নতুন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় হল, ওয়েস্ট বেঙ্গল গ্রিন ইউনিভার্সিটি, ঝাড়গ্রাম ইউনিভার্সিটি, ও পূর্ব মেদিনীপুর ইউনিভার্সিটি। তিনটি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ই হবে সরকারি।

হুগলীতে তৈরি হতে চলা ওয়েস্ট বেঙ্গল গ্রিন ইউনিভার্সিটিতে বিভিন্ন শাখায় পড়াশোনা ও গবেষণার সুযোগ থাকবে। এই বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়টি হবে একটি সেন্টার ও এক্সসেলেন্স। এখানে স্নাতক ও স্নাতকোত্তর স্তরে পড়াশোনা করা যাবে। হুগলী জেলার প্রথম সরকারি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় এটি।

পাশাপাশি নব নির্মিত জেলা ঝাড়গ্রাম ও পূর্ব মেদিনীপুর জেলাও পেতে চলেছে নতুন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়। এছাড়াও, সিস্টার নিবেদিতার নামে একটি বেসরকারি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ও গড়ে উঠছে রাজ্যে।

শিক্ষাব্যবস্থার উন্নয়নে ক্ষমতায় আসার পর থেকেই উদ্যোগী মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। গত ছয় বছরে ১৭টি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় তৈরী হয়েছে রাজ্যে; আরও ৫টি নির্মাণের পথে। নতুন বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় তৈরী হলে রাজ্যের আগামী প্রজন্ম উপকৃত হবে বিপুলভাবে।

Source: Millennium Post

Schools, colleges and universities to get virtual classrooms

The state government has decided to introduce “virtual classrooms” in universities, colleges and schools. State Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra said in the Assembly that the initiative has been taken to let students, even from the remotest part of the state, access information related to education and developments taking place in this sector across the globe.

They will be provided high speed internet connectivity capable of handling live streaming of videos. There will also be facility for projection and audio system for better viewing of the facts. The project will come up at a cost of Rs 100 crore. “This is one of the dream projects of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” said Dr Mitra.

Explaining the usefulness of the project, Dr Mitra said that a student in a village does not get the opportunity to interact with an expert in a particular subject from the city. However, with the introduction of the e-classrooms, he or she can even interact with educationists and experts from educational institutions abroad.

Partha Chatterjee, the state education minister, said that e-classrooms will be set up in 732 state-aided universities and government colleges and 2000 secondary schools in the first phase. There will be two e-classes in every institution.


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Bengal showed the way for women’s empowerment in India: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the Government General Degree College at Alipore and the P R Thakur Government College at Thakur Nagar in Gaighata, North 24 Parganas at Hastings House in Alipore.

The West Bengal Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed building of the State Health Transport Organisation (SHTO), the Swasthya Paribahan Bhavan and lay the foundation stone for Soujanya, the new West Bengal Government Guest House, from the same venue.

Education is a key focus area of the present Government under Trinamool Congress.The present Government had set up 31 new colleges in 3 years. There were only 34 colleges in Bengal till 2011.It has set up eight new universities in 3 years, while the past Government had instituted only three universities in 34 years.

In her modest address, the West Bengal Chief Minister inaugurated the Government General Degree College for Girls and named the college after Sister Nivedita. Bengal has been the seat of women’s emancipation with Vidyasagar and Rammohan Roy, the Chief Minister said. She said that education and culture go hand in hand and that develops a beautiful societyand there is no alternative to education.

The Chief Minister said that the Government is setting up ‘Soujanya’ to host diplomatic meeting of national and international importance and the work for it is already progressing. She also inaugurated the new building for the State Health Transport Organisation from the same venue.

The Chief Minister said that the present Government has created infrastructure for many new educational institutions. She said that Bengal will become an educational hub as various international universities are tying up with educational institutes of Bengal. She informed that a women’s university has come up at Diamond Harbour new universities in Bankura, Coochbehar, Asansol has been started. The Nazrul University in Asansol to collaborate with Dhaka for Kazi Nazrul research, she informed. A chair in the name of Bangabandhu Sk Mujibur Rahman at Calcutta University, she informed.

The Chief Minister said that she will showcase Bengal as a educational destination during the forthcoming London trip.

Bengal striding ahead in higher education sector

During the first three years of the Trinamool Government, the spending by all departments has been 50 to 80% higher that the spending during the last three years of the Left Front Government.

This stupendous performance for three consecutive years was never achieved by the Left Front Government.  The reason for this performance can be easily gauged by examining the money spent by the Trinamool Government during the last four financial years.

Higher plan expenditure

The plan expenditure during the last year of the Left Front Government, that is, 2010-11, was Rs 11,838 crore. The plan expenditure for 2015-16 has been pegged at Rs 49,507 crore, an increase of 4.18 times. The same for 2014-15 was 3.6 times more. Hence, it is obvious that the Trinamool Government is spending much more on various projects, and the results are there for all to see.

The highest amount to be spent during 2015-16, as per the plan expenditure numbers, would be in the education sector – 18.71% of the total expenditure. For panchayat and rural development, the spend has been pegged at 17.31% of the Budget.


Budget: Four-five times that of the Left Front

  • For 2015-16, the expenditure in school, higher education and vocational education has been kept at Rs 9270,97,00,000. The amount spent under the same head during the last year of the Left Front Government (2010-11) was Rs 1885,54,00,000. Thus there is an increase of 4.92 times
  • During 2014-15, the amount was Rs 7143,27,00,000, which is 3.8 times that of 2010-11
  • Since the spending has been four to five times more, consequently, it can be conveniently assumed that the development in the relevant sector has also been four to five times more


Education: Achievements

The comparative quantitative achievements of the Trinamool Government and the Left Front Government in the education sector

  • Universities: 13, from 1947-2011, and 13, from 2010-11 to January 2014) (6 state-aided and 7, private)
  • ITI colleges: 80, from 1947-2011, and 43, from 2010-11 to January 2014) (92 more planned during 2015-16)
  • Polytechnic colleges: 62, from 1947-2011, and 34, from 2010-11 to January 2014) (32 more planned during 2015-16)
  • Government colleges: 36, from 1947-2011, and 40, from 2010-11 to January 2014
  • Health Districts and district hospitals: This is also a concept introduced by the Trinamool Government – 8 of each
  • Higher primary schools:  497, from 1947-2011, and 3008, from 2010-11 to January 2014
  • Primary schools: 184, from 1947-2011, and more than 400, from 2010-11 to January 2014
  • Model English schools: None earlier; 12, from 2010-11 to January 2014) (22 more planned during 2015-16)