Send your wards to engineering institutions of the state, Partha urges guardians
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Friday urged the guardians to admit their wards in engineering colleges of the state and reiterated that the standard of education imparted in those institutions across Bengal is among the very best in the country.
"We will be happy if the guardians admit their wards in the engineering institutions in the state itself. We give importance to details and sound understanding of the subject here which is done only in a few institutions in the country," Chatterjee said at the inauguration of the annual pre-counselling event and seminar at Netaji Indoor Stadium. The programme was organised by Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI) which is the sole representative of all self-financed engineering and technological institutions.
Chatterjee maintained that job opportunity in the state is also bright particularly in services and infrastructure sector like roads, bridges etc. "It has become a fashion to study abroad or go to other states for higher education. It is not always true that a foreign stamp can give you a good job. The students and their guardians should have faith in the standard of education in institutions in the state and the APAI should also see to it that the institutions do not compromise with educational standards and infrastructure," he added.
Chatterjee urged parents to leave the career choices upon their wards and not to press anything upon them. "Allow the students to choose their subjects independently. We have found that students often go as they want to break free from the constant pursuasion of their parents. You (guardians) should always keep an eye on whether your ward is attending classes in colleges but let him study according to his choice," the minister added. He urged the students to contact his department if they find any difficulty in pursuing higher education due to financial constraint. "We will try our best to ensure that a meritorious student is not denied higher education because of some financial problem," he added. The four-day pre-counselling event at APAI scheduled till June 24 which is supported by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, state Higher Education department and West Bengal Board of Joint Entrance Examinations Board is aimed at giving aspiring students clarity and provide assistance to gain perspective by conducting workshops and sessions with the representatives of colleges and universities under the same roof.
State Science and Technology and Biotechnology minister Bratya Basu, Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Technical Education, Training and Skill Development minister Purnendu Basu were also present at the event.