Presidency mentor group ready with third report

Shifting the post-graduate section of Presidency University to a new campus in Rajarhat,keeping only the under-graduate section at the campus on College Street,constituting the governing body with alumni: these are some features of the third report of the mentor group of the varsity.

Written by Sulagna Sengupta | Kolkata | Published: July 30, 2012 5:15:08 am

Shifting the post-graduate section of Presidency University to a new campus in Rajarhat,keeping only the under-graduate section at the campus on College Street,constituting the governing body with alumni: these are some features of the third report of the mentor group of the varsity.

The report will be submitted to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on August 15.

Sugata Bose,chairman of the Presidency mentor group,said the draft report has been prepared and they will sit with Presidency Council members on Monday to discuss the report before presenting it to the CM.

“In our report we have mentioned that the faculty recruitment drive is going very well. We have received scholars from abroad. We recommend that transfer of teachers be conducted only at the end of the semester or end of the year so that students do not face any problem,” he said.

Presidency authorities have already recruited around 44 scholars for the posts of professor and assistant professor,Bose said. Fifty-five more scholars are expected to be recruited by September.

The first report of the mentor group,submitted to Mamata in August 2011,had recommended extensive faculty recruitment.

The second report,submitted in February,recommended infrastructure development for the second campus,which will be set up at New Town in Rajarhat.

Mamata had recently announced that 10 acres of land would be given to Presidency for setting up its second campus.

Bose said the mentor group members had decided on the infrastructure to be set up at the Rajarhat campus. It will have new scientific laboratories on the lines of foreign universities. Chairs will be created in the name of Indian scholars like Rabindranath Tagore,Jagdish Chandra Bose,Netaji and Vivekananda.

The second report also recommended a financial package of Rs 240 crore for the university,which the state government did not endorse it due to financial crisis.

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