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10-member panel to advise govt on higher education

In a bid to get expert advice on improving higher education in the state,the Bengal government has formed a committee comprising noted academicians from the state.

In a bid to get expert advice on improving higher education in the state,the Bengal government has formed a committee comprising noted academicians from the state.

State Higher Education minister Bratya Basu on Thursday announced a 10-member committee that will advise state Higher Education department on all policy issues.

While noted academician Sunando Sanyal will head the advisory team,the other members of the committee include Sugata Bose,Gardiner professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University,Anup Sinha,professor of Economics at IIM-Kolkata,Sushanta Dattagupta,IISER director,Avirup Sarkar,professor of Economics at ISI-Kolkata.

“I have forwarded the panel members’ names to Chief Minister which she has accepted,” said Basu. He added the committee will be advisory in its nature.

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The committee will give its recommendations for all general degree colleges and 14 universities in the state except Presidency University. A separate committee manned by Sugata Bose and professor Amartya Sen will advise the government on Presidency University.

Meanwhile,Basu said he has discussed the issue related to payment of arrears to about 12,500 college and university teachers with Union Minister for HRD,Kapil Sibal.

He said the Union Minister has suggested to raise the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years.

First published on: 10-06-2011 at 00:40 IST
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