Kolkata: The state government has decided to set up four more universities in South Dinajpur, Alipurduar, Darjeeling and Murshidabad. Partha Chatterjee, The state Education minister, spoke in the Assembly on Wednesday about the plan to set up the universities in the state.
It may be mentioned that students of the area will be immensely benefitted from setting up of the university in Darjeeling and the three other places, as they would no longer need to travel long distances to continue with their higher studies.
The Mamata Banerjee government has already ensured a major expansion in the sector of higher education. After the change of guard in the state in 2011, eight new state-aided and nine private universities have come up in the state.
At present, there are a total of 20 state-aided universities and nine private universities in Bengal. Moreover, in the 2017-18 fiscal, the planned budget for the state-aided universities was Rs 162.5 crore.
Besides setting up of four more universities in the state, the state government has also taken initiatives to increase the number of colleges, mainly in the backward areas.
There were only 35 government colleges in the state in 2011 and now in the past few years till 2017, the total number of colleges has gone up to 65. Similarly, the number of government-aided degree colleges has also gone up to 450 and it includes 18 teachers training colleges.