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Buddha stress on vocation training

Calcutta, Sept. 5: Introduction of vocational courses at the Madhyamik level and expansion of technical education were the primary objectives of the government’s education policy, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reiterated before the teacher community today.

Speaking at a Teachers’ Day function at Rabindra Sadan, organised every year by the education department to felicitate school teachers for their outstanding contribution, Bhattacharjee said the 13-member committee set up last year to review primary, secondary and higher secondary education is expected to submit its report at the end of this month.

“Teaching of vocational courses have become extremely important now. We hope we will be able to complete examining the committee’s report by the end of this year and will be in a position to introduce the vocational training courses at the Madhyamik level by the next academic session,” he said.

Touching on the issue of Bengal’s talent haemorrhage, Bhattacharjee said his government was weighing all possible measures to stop good students from going to other states to avail of engineering, technical and medical education after Class XII.

“We have set up an adequate number of engineering and technical institutions and are happy that high-performing students aspiring to study courses in engineering and technology no longer have to look for opportunities in other states.” He regretted that there has been no increase in the number of medical colleges in the state. He said two new colleges are in the pipeline.

Bhattacharjee also touched on the issue of private tuition and appealed to teachers not to indulge in it. He reiterated that his government was firm on stamping out the practice.

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