9 VC posts vacant in West Bengal, low interest in govt college principal

Kolkata , June 29: Nine out of 20 universities in West Bengal do not have permanent vice-chancellors also there is low interest among qualified people to take the principal’s post in government colleges, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee told the Assembly today.

The government is trying to fill up the vacancies, he said adding the universities which do not have vice-chancellors include Calcutta University, Kalyani University, West Bengal State University, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Institute of Technology, Diamond Harbour Women University, Raigunj University and Sanskrit College and University.
Also there is low interest for the post of principals and out of vacancies in 42 colleges Public Service Commission has received only 27 applications in the last two attempts, the education minister said in a reply.

He said there will be government interventions whenever required as it provides funds and has the responsibility to prevent financial misuse as public funds are involved.

Opposition, Chatterjee said, always made hue and cry about whatever steps the government takes in respect of education, even if it investigates misappropriation of Rs 800 crore in universities.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Manas Bhuyian said higher education on the state had hit the bottom and the government interventions were indirect control on educational institutions.

The government is unable to find vice-chancellors for university and college principals due to disruption in the campuses, which prevent qualified people take responsibilities, he told reporters outside the Assembly.

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