Presidency College is set to become a university, 192 years after it was founded.
The bill to upgrade the college into a non-affiliating university will be tabled in the West Bengal assembly in the winter session, a senior government officer said.
According to sources in Writers’ Buildings, the state secretariat, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has signed the draft of the bill and sent it to Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who has also given his nod.
“Once the bill is passed and the enactment is made, a gazette notification will be issued. With the publication of the notification, Presidency College will officially become a university,” said Higher Education Minister Sudarshan Roychowdhury.
“Normally it takes about a month to bring out the gazette notification after the bill is passed in the assembly,” he added. “Once the gazette notification is done, we will appoint the vice-chancellor and take other necessary steps.”
“The first thing we aim to do after becoming a university is to change the syllabus of undergraduate courses. We will take care to have quality PhD papers. Good research and updated undergraduate curriculum will be our USP,” said Sanjib Ghosh, the college principal.
Ghosh expects the new status will allow the institution to hire some of the best brains as teachers. Initially called Hindu College, the institution was renamed Presidency College and brought under the direct control of the government in 1855.