19 colleges selected for conversion into centres of excellence
The government is to initiate steps to convert 19 colleges into centres of excellence. This includes just four colleges of Patna and just one from Patna University - the College for Art and Craft.
The other three colleges of Patna include AN College, College of Commerce, JD Women's College, besides two government colleges in Gardanibagh and Gulzarbagh.
Earlier, the government had shortlisted 49 colleges for conversion into centres of excellence. The colleges had also submitted their detailed project reports, but after scrutiny, the department decided to take up 19 institutions spread across the state in the first phase.
The principals of the 19 colleges have been asked to attend a meeting with DPRs and present bank details, status of internal resources, infrastructure as well as faculty and students' strength at a meeting on September 27.
The principals would also present the roadmap for the future. "Many colleges have plenty of land. The government would like to encourage such centres to go in for collaboration with national institutions to start modern courses, which are in demand due to greater employability.
We may also explored the possibility of tie-ups under PPP mode. But to attract private partners, the colleges would require to get NAAC accreditation," said principal secretary, education department, Amarjeet Sinha.
Though most of the colleges are grappling with shortage of teachers, which restrains them from going in for NNAC accreditation, Sinha said, ways would be found to deal with it.
"NAAC accreditation is a must these days and the institutions should go for it," he added. Director, higher education, Sitaram Singh, said that more colleges would be taken up in the second phase.
"In PU, Patna Science College and Patna College had been given funds earlier. All other DPRs were scrutinized carefully and all parts of the state have been covered," he added.
Under the plan, the 'centres of excellence' would get special grant for developing necessary infrastructure. The government also intends to develop them as 'autonomous institutions'.