Kolkata’s Presidency University to celebrate its bicentenary with ‘education summit’

The event will formally kick off with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating it on January 6, while President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver the speech on the Foundation Day of the university on January 20.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: October 20, 2016 12:02 am

Celebrating its bicentenary, Presidency University will organise a ‘Global Education Summit’ where reputed scholars from across the globe, including six Nobel laureates, will converge.

The event will formally kick off with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating it on January 6, while President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver the speech on the Foundation Day of the university on January 20.

“The Global Education Summit will flag off the bicentenary celebrations, which will continue till January 19. People who are leaders in their field, including many alumni, have been invited.

“As many as six Nobel laureates, including our mentor Amartya Sen and economist Jean Tirole along with several other scholars, will attend the summit and deliver speeches,” said Anuradha Lohia, vice-chancellor of Presidency University. She also unveiled a special logo for the celebrations.

She said the future of higher education would be discussed at the summit, and the fact that Bengal has been the frontrunner in higher education will be showcased.

There will be also reportedly be discussions and lectures at the global education summit, which will culminate on January 19 with an international students’ debate. The university will also organise a heritage walk from Swami Vivekananda’s residence to the university on January 15.

Lohia also said that the inaugural ceremony will be held at Prinsep Ghat on January 6 in order to accommodate more people.

Other than the chief minister, a host of other dignitaries will also be present at the occasion. Celebrations will continue throughout the year, and will conclude in December 2017 with the inauguration of the second university campus.

“The state government has given us funds of Rs 50 crore in order to renovate the heritage campus, as well as Rs 10 crore for the bicentenary celebration,” Lohia said.

The university’s renovation work will include a museum which will be built on the first floor of the heritage campus, featuring the history of the university along with the history of Bengal.