The development work undertaken by the Mamata Banerjee government in the past five years is soon going to add another feather in the hat of the Chief Minister as the Ukraine government has decided to confer upon her a honourary doctorate degree.
The honourary degree will be given to the Chief Minister as a piece of appreciation for the development that has changed the face of the state in the past five years as well as for her commendable job as the country’s Railway Minister.
Dnipropetrovsk National University of Railway Transport in Ukraine will be giving the honourary degree - “Honoris Causa” - to Banerjee. The letter of Professor Pshinko Obksands of the University inviting the Chief Minister has already reached Nabanna.
It is learnt that in the letter, the university has lauded several projects of the state government including Kanyashree, Yubashree and Khadyasathi. The letter contains the projects which became immensely successful when she was the Railway Minister. They have also asked the state secretariat to let them know when the Chief Minister will be available so that she can visit Ukraine and collect the doctorate degree.
The Chief Minister is at present in district tour and held administrative meeting in Birbhum on Thursday after Purulia.
According to an official in the state secretariat, the schedule of Chief Minister’s visit to Ukraine will be finalised only after she returns completing the district tour.
It may be mentioned that before Ukraine’s decision to confer the doctorate degree, different projects of THE Mamata Banerjee government were lauded by both UNICEF and UNESCO.
Most importantly the Kanyashree project in which girl school goers were immensely benefitted and helped to bring down the rate of school drops, child marriages and trafficking was acknowledged by UNESCO.
In a study conducted by UNICEF had revealed that rate of attendance of girl students in schools had gone up by 3 per cent only within two years of the implementation of Kanyashree project.
Similar projects like Kanyashree were taken up by the Centre and other states after it became successful in West Bengal under the leadership of Banerjee.