Four new varsities coming up in West Bengal

Four new varsities are coming up in West Bengal, quoting Higher Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee recently, a PTI report said. While speaking at the convocation event in Kazi Nazrul University in Kolkata, the Minister said that the new universities will be established in Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, East Midnapore and Jhargram. During the seven years of Trinamul Congress rule, led by Mamta Banerjee, twenty two higher educational institutions have been set up in the State, the Minister said and added that three more colleges would be established and one varsity in each district, as part of the objective to bring higher education to more people. The minister added that more students from Bangladesh will be enrolled in the higher educational institutions for future studies.

Revision of Curriculum

Meanwhile, Chatterjee had also laid emphasis to revise curricula in higher educational institutes at par with the industry needs in order to make sure that students get jobs along with a degree. Therefore, he urged the institutes to introduce a six-week English course for students to help them seal the deal at top interviews, PTI reported.

“I have seen during my visits abroad that a six-week English course is a must for candidates coming from other countries. Out government is also focusing on English education. Here, too, it should be mandatory for every student,” he said. Chatterjee, who is also in charge of Higher Education Department, urged the heads of the academic institutions to ensure overall development of students. “The curriculum should be modern, in tune with the job market. For a physics student, merely reading a physics text book and references before sitting for examinations won’t be enough. The student must be conversant with new technologies as well”, the Minister pointed out.

“Please keep in mind whatever you want to be in life – an engineer, a bank manager or a teacher – you won’t get employment unless you are considered suitable by the recruiter,” Chatterjee told the students. Highlighting the role of parents in grooming their children, he said one who is proficient in English literature should not be forced to take up science. “The parents should take note of the student’s merit before pushing them into a course,” he added.

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