Kolkata: Three university Bills including that of the West Bengal Green University Bill passed in the Assembly on Thursday.
The two other Bills that have been passed are the Jhargram University Bill and the Purba Medinipur University Bill. All the three other universities are state-aided ones. The West Bengal Green University will come up in Hooghly as a centre of excellence of learning and research in various branches of studies related to environmental studies, surface management studies, bio-diversity management. There will be courses in undergraduate and post-graduate level and at the same time, it will be job-oriented.
Setting up of the university was aimed "to reduce the bad affect of pollution both in land, water, surface and noise" and it has been considered that Hooghly district is having "the potential in the field of study and research on environmental studies and bio-diversity management" and at the same time there was no state-aided university in the district.
At the same time, newly set up districts — Jhargram and East Midnapore — are also going to get Jhargram University and Purba Midnapore University respectively with the passing of the Bills on Thursday. In this connection, Partha Chatterjee, the state Education department and Parliamentary Affairs minister, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had initiated taking all necessary steps to ensure development of the education sector and at the same time she took steps for overall development of the state. In the past six years, 22 universities have come into existence in the state and more students are getting opportunities for higher studies. He further said with the setting up of the university it is not only the state but people from all across the country will be benefitted.
During discussion on the Bills, GJM MLA Rohit Sharma appreciated the steps of the Chief Minister in ensuring better education system in the state. He said: "Like Florence Nightingale, the Chief Minister is showing light to the education system in the state."