| The building of Assam Women’s University. Telegraph picture |
Jorhat, July 2: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi told K.M. Bujarbaruah, mentor of the Assam Women’s University and vice-chancellor of Assam Agricultural University, to go ahead with the opening of the first women’s university in the region at a high-level meeting here today.
Bujarbaruah told The Telegraph that the chief minister had assured him that funds for the university would be released within the next few days and asked him to begin the admission and other procedures so that the university could start by August.
The meeting was attended by principal secretary (finance) Paban Borthakur, Jorhat deputy commissioner Solanki Vishal Basant and other senior officials.
Bujarbaruah, who was on his way to Delhi after the meeting, said interviews for the ad hoc teachers’ posts and advertisement for admission would be started after he returned.
The former state government’s grain storage facility near Rowriah here has been converted into a building for the university where classes will be held till the time a more permanent complex is not constructed. The storage facility was the property of Assam Agricultural University and returned to it last year.
In November 2013, the government had appointed AAU as the mentor university and Bujarbaruah as mentor to initiate the work for the women’s institute.
“Once the funds are released we can expect to start by August. Everything is in place and with Rs 5 crore allocated for the first phase, we can make a beginning,” Bujarbaruah said.
Applications for the posts of assistant professors, associate professors and professors had been sought and interviews would be held as soon as the government provided the funds. Likewise, admissions into 13 under graduate streams would take place. The first batch will have 25 students in each of the courses.
A hostel for 50 students has also been constructed but is yet to be furnished.
The curriculum for the 13 courses most of them industry oriented, has been prepared by a panel of experts.
The subjects offered would be English, physics, chemistry, zoology, botany, biochemistry, psychology, cultural studies and fine arts, information and computer science, business management, tourism and travel, mass communication and fashion design and technology.
Considered to be the dream project of Gogoi, the proposal for establishing a women’s university was first made during the chief minister’s budget speech in March 2012.
While Gogoi had said in the current session (2012-13) a bill to establish a Women’s University in Jorhat would be introduced, this was done in July 2013.
The proposed land at Garmur where the university was to have been set up has now been shelved as it is an inadequate area and the district administration is now looking at fresh sites.