The St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata Bill 2016 was today passed in the West Bengal Assembly to meet the growing need for quality facilities and to encourage private investment in the state’s Higher Education system.
Speaking about the Bill, state’s Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the state government formulated a policy earlier considering the growing need for quality facilities in the state’s Higher Education system to cater to the growing number of students.
A policy was also framed to encourage private investment in the state’s Higher Education system with an emphasis on the guiding principles of “expansion, inclusion and quality,” he said.
The sponsoring St Xavier’s College Kolkata Educational Trust earlier came up with a proposal to the state government for setting up a self financing private university by the name of the St Xavier’s University Kolkata at New Town having adequate financial resources.
This was done by the trust to provide instruction, teaching, training and research in various dicsciplines and specialised field of science, technology, law, management, social sciences, medicine, education, humanities, performing arts and several other areas.
Chatterjee in his reply said that the feasibility of the proposal for setting up such a university was examined by the Higher Education Department, which had subsequently proposed to incorporate the proposed university for the purpose.
He expressed hope the university by such a premiere educational trust would help improve the standard of quality education in the state. The state government, however, would have power to give directions to the University from time to time considering the interest of the students as well as in the public interest, the minister said.
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