The Calcutta University has withdrawn a course on tourism a decision that has not gone down well with tourism minister Rachpal Singh. The course was not only important for tourism but students also got placements in the travel and aviation industries. At a time when private institutions are taking advantage of the potential of the industry,the education department too should understand the prospects of the course, Singh said.
He added that he will talk to the education minister to resume the course.
College authorities,too,expressed their dissatisfaction. It was a good course and the girls of our college who had opted for the course had got very good placements. We have the infrastructure,faculty,but have no idea why it was withdrawn, said Maitree Bhattacharya,principal,Murlidhar College.
An official of Victoria Institution College said: The course was in demand. Many students want to enrol themselves. We have no idea why it was discontinued.
Ananda Sanyal,a former professor of Murlidhar College,said the course has been taken off at a time when the state was trying to promote tourism in a big way with the CM showcasing Digha and Mandarmani and the tourism ministry doing its bit to attract tourists.
Officials of University of Calcutta said the course was discontinued due to technical reasons.