In an attempt to have an even distribution of colleges across Bengal,the state government has decided to open 13 new colleges mostly in the backward and minority dominated regions.
In a meeting today the state higher education council sanctioned the new colleges. According to Subimal Sen,vice-chairman of the West Bengal Higher Education Council,the colleges have already been sanctioned and the universities in the region have also approved that they would be affiliating these college.
Of the new colleges,three have been approved in Purulia district in Bandawan,Jagro and Kotshila. In Bankura two colleges will be set up in Raipur and Ranibandh blocks and one college will come up in East Midnapore. One college each will be set up in Diamond Harbour block of South 24-Parganas,Alipore Duar,Panchala of Howrah, Mayureshwar of Birbhum,Khandakosh of Burdwan,Jalangi block of Murshidabad and Palasi of Nadia district.
We have chosen areas which are socially and economically backward. Stress have been given to areas where there are no colleges particularly in areas that are minority-dominated and where SC/ST population is high, Sen said.
According to government sources,after the new colleges become operational,the number of general degree colleges in the state will be about 445.