EDUCATION: Date for new college session – focus only on the plains of Darjeeling with a parochial bias ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Siliguri, July 28: The new government science college near here will start classes for five undergraduate courses on August 23.
The college started distributing admission forms yesterday and they will be available till August 6.
“Admissions are open for physics, chemistry, botany, zoology and mathematics. Students can collect the forms from the college where they are being distributed from yesterday till August 6. The submission of the applications should also be made before August 6,” said Niloy Roy, the officer-in-charge of the college affiliated to North Bengal University.
The institution at Matigara, 6km from here, was christened Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Government Science College at the suggestion of chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
“The chief minister will inaugurate the college in the third week of August and he had proposed that the institution be named after famous scientist Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy,” Asok Bhattacharya, the state minister for urban development and municipal affairs, had said last month.
The college will initially offer honours courses and accommodate 20 students in each stream.
“We are starting only BSc honours courses with an intake of 20 students for each of the five subjects. After the scrutiny of the applications, the merit list will be published on August 9. The first phase of the admission and counselling will be held on August 11. The second phase will be conducted on August 20 and the classes will commence on August 23,” said Roy.
The college is being constructed by the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority at a cost of Rs 458.63 lakh and it is nearing completion.
Three teaching posts have been sanctioned for each of the five subjects.
“No fresh recruitment needs to be conducted for the college. The state has 18 government colleges and teachers will be transferred from there,” said the officer-in-charge. He added that the college was also planning to start computer courses from the next academic session.
The new institution will be the third to offer science courses in the Siliguri subdivision after Siliguri College and Surya Sen College .
Three new medical colleges on state radar – where is Darjeeling, by the way, already in Gorkhaland ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH STAFF REPORTER
Calcutta, July 28: Three state-run medical colleges, each having 100 seats, will be set up in Bengal and 695 seats will be added to the existing 11 medical colleges, health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra announced in the Assembly today.
Introducing the West Bengal State Health Service (Amendment) Bill, 2010, Mishra said Malda District Hospital and Behrampore State General Hospital would be converted to medical colleges. The Sagar Dutta Hospital and adjoining ESI Hospital in North 24-Parganas will be merged into a medical college.
“The three new medical colleges will have 100 seats each. We have also decided to increase the number of seats in the existing medical colleges by 695,” Mishra said.
This means that almost 1,000 seats will be added to the existing 1,205 undergraduate medical seats in the state.
The state health department will formally send an application for setting up the colleges to the Medical Council of India (MCI) by August 31. An MCI team will visit the four hospitals to inspect the infrastructure before approving the medical colleges.
The health department has already sought the MCI’s permission for increasing the number of seats in the existing medical colleges.
Mishra told the House that over the past two years, the number of postgraduate medical seats in the state had been increased by 300.
The health minister called for a change in the MCI rule that makes it mandatory for medical colleges in the districts to be spread over 20 acres.
“We had earlier suggested to the MCI that like in metros, the minimum land criteria for medical colleges in districts be made 10 acres,” Mishra said, adding that there should be one medical college in each district.
Mishra expressed concern over the shortage of medical teachers in the state, saying it could become a hindrance while seeking approval for the new colleges.
“The MCI can derecognise an institute if the rules regarding infrastructure and personnel are not fulfilled,” he said. “We will have to resort to aggressive recruitment in order to fill up the vacancies.” Mishra added.
Rush on parallel school bill – still rewarding the incompetent with more funds, votebank politics still in mind ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU
Calcutta, July 28: The Left Front government has fast-tracked the creation of a parallel school education system under the panchayat and rural development department, ignoring opposition from both within and outside the coalition.
The government is pitching the bill as a tool to bring more students to schools, but has stoked fears that a system under the panchayat and rural development department — which does not have the expertise to run an education system — will expose students in rural Bengal to inferior standards.
Instead of scrutinising the provisions of the bill, the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government introduced the West Bengal Panchayat Board of Education Bill, 2010, in the Assembly yesterday.
A section of veteran CPM teacher-leaders had met the party leadership yesterday and urged a rethink on the bill, a source in the party headquarters said. However, according to the source, the government did not want to spend time analysing the costs and benefits of the bill.
The bruised government is banking heavily on the job creation potential — more than 56,000 teachers apart from other employees — of the bill to court voters before the elections next year.
Deputy Speaker Bhaktipada Ghosh today referred the bill to the Assembly standing committee on panchayat and rural development. Anisur Rahman, the minister in charge of the department, said the bill would be referred back to the Assembly the day after tomorrow to get the seal of approval of the House.
The bill does not feature on the list of business of the House for the remaining two days of this session. But the government can get the bill tabled for its approval, a mere formality for the Left Front government given its numbers.
“Such a rushed approach to get a bill passed on the floor of the Assembly is rare…. It seems the government is desperate to pass it and claim credit before the Assembly polls,” said a CPM insider opposed to the provisions.
The bill aims at setting up the West Bengal Board of Panchayat Education, which will affiliate 16,108 sishu siksha kendras that hold classes from I to IV and 1,900 Madhyamik siksha kendras (MSKs) that run classes from V to VIII. It has provisions to extend the MSKs till Class X and conduct the Class X-level school-leaving examination.
“Creating proper syllabi, recruiting teachers for schools, maintaining their standards and ensuring smooth transition of the students to the next level require a lot of planning. I am afraid, all these things have been overlooked,” said the leader of a CPM-backed teachers’ union.
“We will fight tooth and nail to stop the government from setting up a parallel school education board under the panchayat and rural development department,” said Manik Bhattacharya, the chairman of the West Bengal Trinamul Congress Education Cell.