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Govt to ‘do its best’ for Presi

Calcutta, May 3: Higher education minister Bratya Basu today promised during his first meeting with new Presidency vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia that the state government would “do its best” for the university.

Lohia, who took charge yesterday, said renovating the Baker Laboratory was on top of her priority list. She met Basu at Bikash Bhavan in Salt Lake for nearly an hour. Sources said the “funds crunch” being faced by Presidency figured prominently in the talks.

“Turning Presidency into an institution of academic excellence is a dream project of our chief minister…. The government wants to work together with Presidency to achieve the target. The government will do its best for the all-round development of the university,” Basu said.

Asked about the paucity of funds, the minister said: “Yes, there is a crisis of funds at Presidency. The government will try to help the institution as much as possible.”

After meeting Basu, Lohia said: “The renovation of Baker Laboratory is on top of my priority list and I will ensure that the project gets completed on time. I was told that Rs 5 crore was sanctioned by the government last year for the modernisation of Baker Laboratory.”