‘No pvt universities will be allowed to conduct distance learning courses’

No pvt universities will be allowed to conduct distance learning courses

Kolkata: The state government will form a monitoring committee to assess the standard of education at various private institutions across Bengal, higher education minister Partha Chatterjee said.

During his speech, he also made it clear that no private universities will be allowed to operate distance education.

While speaking at the Assembly, Chatterjee on Wednesday said that the monitoring committee will conduct an assessment to examine the quality of education in all the private institutions. The committee will submit the assessment report to the state government that will be reviewed. The state government will keep an eye on the standard of education provided by these institutions, Chatterjee stated.

The government will make necessary amendments in the respective laws strengthening the higher education department to impose restrictions on the issuance of certificates by various private universities in the state. “We will not allow the private universities to indulge in the business of making profit out of issuing various educational certificates to the students. These universities are getting the clearance from the Centre and thereby operating in the state. No private universities will be allowed to conduct distance learning courses. The matter would be discussed in the Assembly after the monitoring committee submits its report,” Chatterjee told the House.

He once again sent across a strong message that a committee has already been set up to examine the fee structure of various private institutions including schools. Those who are receiving exorbitant fees will be nailed down, he clarified.

Meanwhile, the Swami Vivekananda University Bill, 2019 was passed in the Assembly on Wednesday after the higher education department received a proposal regarding the setting up of the university at Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas. The self-financing private university would be constructed in the name of Swami Vivekananda to cater to the growing number of students. The proposed university would deal in various specialized fields like science, technology, law, management, social sciences, medicine, education, humanities and performing arts.

When asked by the Opposition MLAs if the state government is going for a privatisation of the educational institutions, Chatterjee said: “We are not in favour of allowing privatisation in education. On the contrary, we are trying to control the private educational institutions.”