WB to set up panel to oversee pvt varsities
Chatterjee said names of the committee members would be announced later. He said it was essential to find out the quality of education which was imparted to students in private academic institutions.
More and more private institutions are coming up in the state and often complaints are made about the faculty. It has often been found that most of the faculty members are retired teachers. The students who take admission in these institutions are swayed by the infrastructure and ambiance but the quality of teaching in many cases is not up to the mark.
Chatterjee said the state government had always welcome private initiatives but there would be no compromise with quality. He said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants Bengal to come up in every sphere and regain its lost glory.
The model set by Bengal in education was followed by other states. The Presidency College which is now a university will celebrate its bi centenary next year.
Great scholars like JBS Halden and Patrick Gades had taught in Calcutta University. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who later became the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University and subsequently the Spaulding Professor at Oxford University used to teach in the Philosophy department of CU.
Scholars like SN Bose and Meghnad Saha taught at the Science College. Girindra Sekhar Basu, one of the pioneers of Psychoanalysis in India and a friend of Sigmund Freud was a teacher in CU.
To bring back the glory days of Bengal, the quality of education both in state run as well as in private institutions need to be improved.
The committee will study the standard of education and will give recommendation which will help to improve the quality of education in private institutions.