| Himanta Biswa Sarma |
Guwahati, Jan. 22: Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today warned those who open schools and colleges “at the drop of a hat”.
Sarma said it had been observed that schools and colleges were being set up in different parts of the state without studying the need of a particular area. He said such educational institutions were being opened only to avail benefits from the government.
He said there are schools in the state which enrol only 10 students and sometimes even less.
“After setting up schools and colleges, some people start putting pressure on the state government to provincialise such institutions. If the government does not provincialise those schools, teachers start issuing threats, including suicide. This does not spell good for the education system of the state.”
Sarma was speaking at a programme for ceremonial distribution of post-allotment and provincialisation of services orders to the teaching and non-teaching staff of 77 venture colleges here this morning.
Provincialised educational institutions are those which are aided by the state government and their staff are government employees. Non-aided institutions are called venture schools or colleges.
“It is a great success of the Tarun Gogoi government that it could successfully provincialise thousands of schools and several colleges in the state in less than two years. During the provincialisation process we saw that many non-provincialised or venture schools were set up without studying their need for students. But we had to provincialise them because the government was bound by laws. Once the entire provincialisation is completed, the government will pass an order disallowing setting up of venture schools in the state,” Sarma said.
Under the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Act, 2011, the education department has provincialised the state’s venture educational institutions that came into existence and got recognition or permission or affiliation on or before January 1, 2006.
The government has also provincialised services of different categories of employees, both teaching and non-teaching, who are serving in non-provincialised (popularly known as venture) educational institutions in the state in a phased manner.
Sarma appealed to teachers of 77 colleges, that have been provincialised recently, to dedicate themselves to students and improve quality of higher education.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said with provincialisation, Dispur had done away with uncertainties that venture institutions’ teachers had been facing for many years.