Raiganj, Aug. 1: The state higher education department has decided to upgrade Raiganj University College to a varsity from the next academic year with six colleges in North and South Dinajpurs affiliated to it.
The decision was taken at a meeting of higher education department officials and representatives of the college as well as North Bengal University at Bikash Bhavan in Calcutta on July 30.
Milan Roy, the acting teacher in charge of the college, said the chief minister had announced that Raiganj University College would become a state university in November.
“After that, the college received a letter from the higher education department asking for details on the infrastructure,” said Milan Roy.
Tapas Mohanto, the secretary of the teachers’ council of the college, said a new building would be built for the university.
“The college has around 11 acres of vacant land, 45 classrooms and laboratories. The College Service Commission will recruit teachers. A bill will be passed in the Assembly in the winter session for the creation of the university so that it can function from July, 2015,” he said.
The college now has 45 teachers and around 3,000 students.
Surendranath College in Raiganj and colleges at Itahar, Dalkhola and Kaliaganj, all in North Dinajpur, and Bangsihari College and Buniyadpur College in South Dinajpur will be affiliated to the proposed varsity, which will have under it around 17,000 students.
The NBU-affiliated Raiganj University College offers one MA course in Bengali.
Islampur College and Chopra College, both in North Dinajpur, will remain affiliated to the NBU as they are closer to Siliguri.
According to a senior official of the higher education department in Calcutta, a committee had been formed to set up the proposed university.
“We have formed a committee comprising NBU, Raiganj University College and departmental representatives. It will look into the existing infrastructure and submit a report on what needs to be set up. After that, we will draw up a financial estimate,” the official said.
The college has witnessed a number of violent incidents in the past two years.
On January 5, 2012, then teacher in-charge Dilip De Sarkar was roughed up allegedly by Trinamul leaders over the filing of nominations for union elections.
On June 7, 2012, the new teacher in-charge, Shatrughan Singh, was thrashed by non-teaching staff members. The trouble was over the principal reportedly marking the non-teaching employees absent as they had turned up late for the distribution of admission forms.
The Congress’s Chhatra Parishad controls the student union.