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More educationists to find place in governing bodies of colleges, universities

Increasing number of educationists will now find a place in governing bodies of the college and universities.

The state government has decided to engage retired college principals and even Vice-Chancellors in the governing bodies of the colleges and universities along with MLAs.

The decision was taken after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wanted to involve former professors in the governing bodies for better decision making.

The decision will be discussed in the floor of Assembly in coming session. The norms related to this can be changed then.

Talking to the Millennium Post, State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the Chief Minister had expressed her desire to engage the retired college principals and Vice-Chancellors of the universities in the governing body.

The elected representatives should consider vacating the position for the educationists who will give their full time effort. 

The elected representative cannot engage himself or herself  full time for the development of college, which the retired teachers can easily do.

However, Chatterjee clarified that the place for elected representatives will always be there in the governing bodies.

“Elected representatives will be there in the governing body, otherwise how will the political decisions be made? It is not yet decided who will head the governing body between educationists and elected representatives,” Chatterjee added.

Some sporadic incidents of student clashes at various colleges across the states and few untoward incidents made the department think over some changes in the controlling bodies of the colleges and universities. A source said that the Chief Minister often said if an educationist could solve the problem, there will be no need to cater to a political person there.

Chatterjee, however, said that many MLAs have already vacated the position from the college governing bodies to make place for educationists.

The educationists also have praised the decision of the state government and expected that this decision would help the college authority to maintain peace at campus.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister will meet the professors and teachers on January 7 in a gathering. Nazrul Mancha was selected as the venue of the programme, the education minister said.
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