Partha wants Bengal as higher education hub

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Feb 26, 2015 12:22 IST

State education minister Partha Chatterjee is aiming to develop Bengal as a higher education hub.

“We are trying to develop Bengal as a hub of higher education treating it as a priority sector. We are also emphasising on more centres of excellence here,” Chatterjee said at a conclave on education and cultural cooperation among SAARC countries organised by Heritage Business School.

He said regional strategy for education and promoting south Asian educational cooperation should remain in focus.

Encouraging mutual exchange of students and faculty between SAARC member countries, Chatterjee said, “Regional strategy on education should remain in focus to remove illiteracy from SAARC region.”

The state government has already constituted an education commission to prepare a road map/vision document for 2020 and 2030 for the state’s education sectors. It would suggest innovations in the existing education systems so as to improve the overall standards of education. It would also suggest measures, including financial and other incentives, for attracting private investments in the education sector in order to turn the state into a major educational hub in the country.

Furthermore, the education commission would identify existing bottlenecks in all educational sectors and measures to remove them, and would also work towards design mechanism so as to reach the target, the pristine glory of Bengal.

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, also present at the conclave, said the country remained committed to development of education and stressed upon leveraging digital technology to promote e-learning.

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