| Chief minister Nitish Kumar inaugurates the annual function of Patna Women’s College (below) in which students take part. Pictures by Nagendra Kumar Singh
The first women’s college of Bihar may soon get the first women’s university tag in the state.
On the 74th annual day function of Patna Women’s College on Thursday, chief minister Nitish Kumar showered several gifts on the institution.
Addressing the annual day programme at the college, Nitish announced that the government would upgrade the premier institution to the first women’s university in Bihar.
The announcement came after Patna Women’s College principal Doris D’Souza requested the chief minister for an upgrade.
“Doris D’Souza today (Thursday) expressed a desire before us that she wants to see the college to be upgraded to first women’s university. We have no problem in that. I have discussed the proposal with the education minister and I have directed him to provide all possible help to transform it into a reality,” Nitish said.
He added that he had heard that the principal would retire within 10 months.
“Madam (D’Souza) since you have proposed the upgrade and if it becomes a reality, you will have to serve the duty of the vice-chancellor of the university,” the chief minister said in his address.
Nitish added that the college was doing really well and it could be gauged from the fact that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council have bestowed it with Grade-A.
“There is no doubt that the Patna Women’s College students are the most disciplined. They are so disciplined that they can’t think of applauding in a programme without the permission of their principal,” Nitish said in jest. Soon after, a huge round of applause followed to which a witty chief minister said: “This is the first time that the students applauded without the permission from their madam.”
Apart from the university announcement, Nitish said the state government would provide Rs 2 crore to the college for a central research laboratory. The chief minister also inaugurated an e-library during the annual day programme.
Apart from Nitish, education minister P.K. Shahi, education principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha, Patna University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha, Aryabhatta Knowledge University vice-chancellor S.N. Guha were also present.
Earlier, D’Souza said the college had played a significant role in shaping the minds of the women of the state. She also spoke on the contribution of the college’s founders.
“Patna Women’s College has the distinction of being the first women’s college in Bihar. It was started by Bishop B.J. Sullivan, the Bishop of Patna and Mother M. Josephine, the superior-general of the Apostolic Carmel. Achievements stand tall here. Recently, the state government selected our institution among 52 colleges to upgrade it into a community college. Also, we would start many postgraduate courses in the New Year,” the principal said.
The sisters of the Apostolic Carmel are members of a Carmelite religious institute dedicated to female education. The mission of the religious institute remains catholic education.
It provides a Catholic value-based education, with special attention given to the disadvantaged sections of society through various levels of education.
WHAT THE CM SAID
"Doris D’Souza today (Thursday) expressed a desire before us that she wants to see the college to be upgraded to the first women’s university. We have no problem in that. I have discussed the proposal with the education minister and I have directed him to provide all possible help to transform it into a reality"
"There is no doubt that the Patna Women’s College students
are the most disciplined. They are so disciplined that they
can’t think of applauding in
a programme without the
permission of their principal"
~ Nitish Kumar