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Posts for Presi teachers
- Cabinet to take up proposal for creation of 104 slots

The state cabinet on Thursday is likely to take up a proposal to create 104 posts for assistant professors at Presidency University, an official in the higher education department said.

This will be Mamata Banerjee government’s first move related to recruitment of teachers for Presidency, which it has vowed to turn into a centre of excellence.

“Once the cabinet approves the proposal to create 104 posts for assistant professors, we will start the process of creating posts for associate professors and professors,” the official said.

There is, however, no hint yet on how many teachers Presidency will finally have.

As a college, Presidency had a sanctioned strength of 240 teaching posts. Of them, 100 are vacant.

Among the 140 teachers now at the university, seven are professors.

“We are happy that the government has finally begun the process of appointing teachers for Presidency University. We are eagerly waiting to know the names of the first batch of recruits,” said an alumnus of the College Street campus.

“We expect the government will do the needful to create adequate numbers of posts for professors.”

Presidency students continue to be taught by the 140 teachers of the erstwhile college even a year after the institution was upgraded to a unitary university.

The Presidency mentor group, headed by Harvard professor Sugata Bose, had suggested that the university retain only the deserving among the existing teachers if it were to attain world-class eminence.

Sources in the government said the recommendations of the mentor group would play a key role in teacher recruitment.

The mentor group will help form search committees, which will recommend names for recruitment. The final decision will be taken by the Presidency University Council, which has all the members of the mentor group.

“We are confident that only candidates of outstanding credentials will be recommended by the search committees,” said an official in the higher education department.

nOrdinance: An ordinance to amend the Presidency statute will be issued in a month, higher education minister Bratya Basu said on Wednesday.

The ordinance is being prepared in consultation with the mentor group.

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