State Higher Education dept mulls education cell
Kolkata: The state Higher Education department is mulling the idea of opening an "Education Engineering Cell" to monitor fund utilisation by the universities across the state. "We have come across a large number of universities in the state that have not been able to properly utilise the funds allocated by the Central government. There are a few universities like the North Bengal University that has done nothing with the fund. I will speak with the Chief Minister and if she gives the nod, we will go forward with the cell," state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said after holding a meeting with Vice-Chancellors of various universities on Thursday. In the meeting, Chatterjee urged the V-Cs to start Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) by 2018. CU has already introduced CBCS in commerce from this academic year. However, they had said that to shift totally to CBCS, it would be 2019 with CU having the highest number of colleges affiliated to it in the state. Sources in the Education department said that the minister has expressed his concern over some colleges admitting more students than its intake capacity while seats remained vacant in a number of colleges. "Around 1,700 teaching posts are still vacant in a number of colleges. The minister has directed to fill up the vacant posts by September 30," an official of the Education department said. Chatterjee later chaired a meeting with Vice-Chancellors of the private universities across the state. He informed reporters that the department is forming a private university monitoring cell with additional secretary of Higher Education department R S Shukla as the chairman. There will be two officials of secretary level from the department and Vice-Chancellors of two private universities.